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The FDA has approved a novel method of diagnosis of gastroesophageal disorders. Normally a patient would require an endoscope to examine their gastric system but the PillCam simply involves swallowing a pill with a camera on either end which sends images to a monitor. The method is simple and non invasive whereas an endoscope requires sedation and several hours in a hospital. Even if it can't conclusively diagnose a patient it may at least help determine whether an endoscope is really necessary. It is capable of diagnosing conditions such as reflux, chronic heartburn and Barrett's Esophagus (a precancerous condition). It may help reflux sufferers become more motivated to control their condition by being able to easily and regularly monitor their condition.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Local 8 - KFMBTV
About: Camera in a pill is a useful diagnostic tool
Date: 30 November 2004
Source: Local 8 - KFMBTV
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