'Camera pill' to Diagnose Small Bowel Disease

An ingestible video camera that produces digital images of the small intestine can "see" areas other diagnostic techniques cannot, and holds promise in the diagnosis of small bowel disease. The video capsule--the size of a large vitamin pill--is swallowed by a patient after an eight-hour fast. Eliminated about eight hours later, the capsule transmits a continuous stream of digital images to a small data recorder worn around the patient's waist. Radiology January 2004

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