Small Bowel Pill Camera

Capsule endoscopy is a way to record images of the digestive tract for use in medicine. The capsule is the size and shape of a pill and contains a tiny camera. After a patient swallows the capsule, it takes pictures of the inside of the gastrointestinal tract. The primary use of capsule endoscopy is to examine areas of the small intestine that cannot be seen by other types of endoscopy such as colonoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). The technique was invented in Japan. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001. In early 2014, FDA approved a new swallowable pill camera, 'PillCam Colon' by Given Imaging from Israel, which takes high-speed photos over an 8 hour tour in the innards and transmits the images to a receiver on a belt.