Blog #638 MicroCapsule Camera (a ‘tough pill to swallow’!!!)

Capsule endoscopy (or micro camera capsule that you swallow!!!)

You probably have heard of the capsules that you can swallow that contains a camera.  The camera takes thousands of pictures as it travels through your body.

The article says:

“Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of your digestive tract. A capsule endoscopy camera sits inside a vitamin-size capsule you swallow. As the capsule travels through your digestive tract, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder you wear on a belt around your waist.

“Capsule endoscopy helps doctors see inside your small intestine — an area that isn’t easily reached with more-traditional endoscopy procedures. Traditional endoscopy involves passing a long, flexible tube equipped with a video camera down your throat or through your rectum.

“Capsule endoscopy has also been approved for screening the colon for polyps in those unable to complete a colonoscopy. But how and on whom capsule endoscopy will eventually be used is still being determined because better alternatives are available. As technology improves, capsule endoscopy of the colon may become more common.”

The article mentions the reasons for capsule endoscopy:

-[ Find the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding. If you have unexplained bleeding in your digestive tract, capsule endoscopy can help find the cause.

-[ Diagnose inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease. Capsule endoscopy can reveal areas of inflammation in the small intestine.

-[ Diagnose cancer. Capsule endoscopy can show tumors in the small intestine or other parts of the digestive tract.

-[ Monitor celiac disease. Capsule endoscopy is sometimes used in monitoring this immune reaction to eating gluten.

-[ Screen for polyps. People who have inherited syndromes that can cause polyps in the small intestine might occasionally undergo capsule endoscopy.

-[ Do follow-up testing after X-rays or other imaging tests. If the results of an imaging test are unclear or inconclusive, your doctor might recommend capsule endoscopy to get more information.

So, what could you do with a micro camera that can fit into a vitamin-sized capsule?  How about a micro camera attached to a drone?

What might that mean for privacy (or a lack thereof)?

What an interesting time we live in!!!


Posted by Bruce White

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