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Can a Capsule w/Cameras perform Colonoscopy?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

A new study reported in Science Digest  says “the noninvasive alternative to colonoscopy is as easy as swallowing a pill.”  In the procedure the patient ingests a capsule containing two miniature cameras and takes pictures of as as it travels through the digestive tract, it takes pictures and transmits them to a recorder the patient wears on his belt.  After traveling through the digestive tract the capsule with cameras  is excreted and flushed down the toilet. The camera identify polyps the same as the colonoscopy except the colonoscopy removes the polyps that are precancerous during the procedure.  With the camera a colonoscopy will be necessary if polyps are identified but otherwise the patient in not subjected to the invasive procedure. Preparation for the procedure is the same as for a colonoscopy that includes a bowel cleanse. However, the procedure requires no anesthesia, is painless, the patient does not have to take the day off for the procedure. nor arrange for transportation to and from the procedure. The new procedure has been approved by the FSA for people who are not eligible for colonoscopy for the following reasons: 1) the patients colon makes it difficult to guide a colonoscope through the entir colon, or 2) the patient has lower gastrointestinal bleeding but is not suitable for a colonoscopy because of the risk posed for complications due to age or other reasons.