PillCam in Dublin hospital test for small bowel diagnosis (IE)

click to enlargeMedtronic’s PillCam is being tested by Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin, Ireland for small bowel and colon diseases. The test group is only 50 patients, which is striking as the PillCam is in wide use in the US for diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. The PillCam SB is 1.02″ wide and in an eight-hour test can take up to 55,000 pictures (two pictures per second). After the test, it is expelled naturally but in about 3 percent of cases, it is not, so a test capsule is used in many cases, according to their US website. Images from the camera are sent to a belt-worn data recorder, which from RTÉ Health Correspondent Fergal Bowers’ personal test, you’d want to avoid train stations and airports. Images are downloaded after the test. The prep is similar to that for colonoscopy, with one extra–that you have to wait at least eight hours after! It is also in use at Tallaght Hospital. The articles imply that it may be used instead of standard endoscopy, which in the US is a prerequisite. RTÉ on the Bon Secours test. Hat tip to our Northern Ireland correspondent and former TTA Ireland editor, Toni Bunting

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