This little pill camera could be the end of colonoscopies

Feb 7, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

This little pill camera could be the end of colonoscopies

Feb 7, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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A tiny camera that fits inside a pill-sized capsule has revolutionised cancer screening in Scotland. Over two thousand patients have now used the PillCam rather than the more traditional invasive method of having a colonoscopy. The PillCam has reduced waiting times for bowel cancer screening and allowed faster diagnoses, an important factor in battling the disease.

The procedure itself is technically called a colon capsule endoscopy (CCE). The tiny camera is swallowed like a pill and then travels through the digestive system, recording 50,000 images along its journey. The images from the camera are stored in a recorder worn on a belt around the patient’s waist.

The traditional method of testing for bowel problems is an invasive procedure that requires the patient to be sedated. Anyone who has experienced a colonoscopy will tell you it’s not particularly pleasant. The PillCam, however, can be administered in hospital, and then the patient can return home during the process, eventually excreting the camera after it has passed through the digestive tract.

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Patients have reported the procedure to be completely painless and not unpleasant, although still do have to do the same prep work beforehand as a traditional colonoscopy requires. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a considerable reduction in investigative procedures so cutting edge technology such as this is having a positive impact on getting patients screened and treated as quickly as possible.

The camera can capture between two and six frames per second, and although in Scotland has been used mostly for bowel cancer screening, the device can also be used to monitor Chrohn’s disease, anaemia, and bleeding of the intestines.

I’m not sure about you but I think I prefer the idea of swallowing a tiny camera than having one going in the other direction!

[Via BBC News]

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3 responses to “This little pill camera could be the end of colonoscopies”

  1. De Gueb Avatar
    De Gueb

    Do you have to fish it out the bowl once it has past?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      What a crappy job that would be!

    2. Milan Avatar
      Milan

      Not this one, but there are capsule cameras, where you have to do that… this one has a recorder which is storing the images directly and you dont have to worry about the capsule(if you dont want a weird souvenier) … but another camera (CapsoCam) has no recorder and stores everything inside.. then you have to find it in the toilet (it comes with a funny set to do that) and bring it back to the clinic where they open that and download the recording….