Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » Pill-sized camera allows never seen before footage of the esophagus

Pill-sized camera allows never seen before footage of the esophagus

Endoscopy is an investigation commonly undertaken by gastroenterologist (gut specialists) to view the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract with a camera attached to a long tube. Recently a new form of endoscopy was invented where the camera was reduced to the size of a large tablet so that it could be swallowed, with the camera taking pictures as it descends the GI tract, and the images are transmitted to a recorder. Endoscopy is useful to image the inside of the esophagus, stomach and bowel, with this new camera being specific for the esophagus. It is recommended for people who suffer gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who are at risk for Barrett's esophagitis, and esophageal cancer, which is increasing in incidence. The camera is fully disposable.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by PRNewswire

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Pill-sized camera allows never seen before footage of the esophagus

Date: 30 November 2005

Source: PRNewswire


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Antidepressant side effects may be greater than first thought
  • Antidepressant use by children can cause bone weakness during adulthood
  • Antidepressant use in pregnant mothers
  • Antidepressants affect tamoxifen activity in some women
  • Antidepressants and gene mutations may reduce breast cancer drug’s effectiveness
  • Antidepressants for teenagers -- good or bad?
  • Antidepressants ineffective in elderly
  • Antidepressants linked to increased risk of bleeding
  • Antioxidant in cherries and other colored fruit may increase insulin production by pancreatic cells
  • Antioxidants ineffective against cancer
  • Antipsychotic drugs linked to type 2 diabetes
  • Anxious people more likely to notice symptoms of rectal cancer
  • Aortic disease warning
  • Appeal to decide on medical malpractice case

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise