PillCam for Diagnosing and Monitoring Diseases in the Digestive System

Biomedical/Life Sciences

Dr. Gabriel Idan
Given Imaging/Medtronic
A capsule containing a miniature video camera was developed in Israel for diagnosing and monitoring sources of bleeding and Crohn’s disease in the small intestine. After the capsule is swallowed, it travels for about 8 hours through the digestive system, taking over 50,000 images. The photographs taken by the capsule’s camera are then downloaded into a video that the physician can review. More than 2.5 million patients throughout the world have benefitted from this technology.
Photo: Given Imaging, Photo Processing: Roei Greenberg