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May 15, 2011

Given Imaging’s PillCam Able to Detect Colorectal Polyps

Given Imaging has announced positive results from the European multicentre study of PillCam Colon 2, a video capsule used to detect colorectal polyps. The device is equipped with two colour video cameras, a battery and an LED light, and provides physicians with data after it has been sw

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Given Imaging has announced positive results from the European multicentre study of PillCam Colon 2, a video capsule used to detect colorectal polyps.

The device is equipped with two colour video cameras, a battery and an LED light, and provides physicians with data after it has been swallowed.

A study of the capsule involving 117 patients revealed that colon capsule endoscopy showed sensitivity and specificity for detecting colorectal polyp compared to conventional colonoscopy.

Dr Cristiano Spada of digestive endoscopy unit at the Catholic University of Rome in Italy, said that colon capsule endoscopy is non-invasive, painless, and can visualise the colon without sedation or air insufflation.

The risks of using PillCam capsule endoscopy include capsule retention, aspiration and skin irritation.

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