Camera Pill Snaps 18 Photos Per Second Inside Your Body to Detect Disorders

By: | September 8th, 2014

Researchers have developed a  PillCam® SB capsule  that allows your doctor to see inside your small intestine. The pill’s purpose is to help diagnose Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, benign and cancerous tumors, ulcerative colitis as well as others disorders.

After being cleared for marketing by the FDA in 2001, hundreds of clinical studies are being conducted by the world’s leading gastroenterologists and thousands of patients are benefiting from PillCam® capsule endoscopy.

More about Pillcam:

Pillicam is a tiny camera fitted with a flashing LED light, which is contained in an easy-to-swallow and disposable capsule. The weight of this pill is about 4gms and it measures 0.4 inches (11mm) by one inch (26mm). It travels through the body, capturing 18 photos every second. No sedation is required, no worries of any radiation, Pillcam offers you a very convenient and less risky procedure with highly accurate results. The cost of this mind-blowing pill is around £500.

How it works:

Pillcam is swallowed like traditional tablets and it takes the same route through the body as food. Once the patient has swallowed this pill, it travels all the way through the body in a matter of hours. The patient is made to wear a belt, through which it receives and stores the images, to help identify conditions. Then your doctor can review those images to determine the cause of your symptoms.

It doesn’t need to be retrieved and can safely pass through naturally with a bowel movement usually within 24 hours.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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