Brain and Body

Photographing Your Digestive System Like Never Before

October 21, 2015 | Johannes Van Zijl

Photo credit: Smithsonian Channel/Youtube

The PillCam is a miniature camera than can be swallowed with remarkable benefits for patients and doctors.

The PillCam can be swallowed the same way as someone would swallow a regular pill.  Once swallowed, the PillCam makes its way through the person system, spanning up to 8 hours. During this time, the camera takes two images every second — up to 50,000 images in total — of the person's esophagus, stomach, and intestines. These photos are used by doctors to help visually map a patient’s digestive system. The miniature camera uses only the body’s natural processes to move through the body with no additional intervention required. That's one seriously amazing gadget!

Doctors can use the images taken by PillCam to analyze and diagnose to see what is wrong with patients, resulting in better treatments and greater preventative action. PillCam has been a definite game changer in the medical world.


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