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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.
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About: Pill-sized camera allows never seen before footage of the esophagus
Date: 30 November 2005
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