As we age, there are many indiginities visited upon us for the sake of our longer-term health. Ask anybody who’s been told that they’re getting a colonoscopy how, precisely, that makes them feel. But fortunately, science can also figure out ways to spare our dignity, which is where the PillCam comes in.
A New Kind Of Action Cam
The problem is essentially one of, for lack of a better term, not fully getting the camera up there. If a colonoscopy is, >SHUDDER<, incomplete, the patient has to go in for either another colonoscopy, or another procedure such as an X-ray or a CT scan. This can be due to anatomical issues, or… well, just trust us, there are a lot of incomplete colonoscopies, and leave it at that. The PillCam, though, avoids these issues entirely.
Come With Me On A Fantastic Voyage
As you might have guessed from the name, the PillCam is pretty simple to use. Turn it on and swallow. It records footage on both ends… no, both ends of the pill. It also has an LED that gives it the necessary light to find the problems; the patient just has to wear a recording device that the PillCam broadcasts to, and records for up to ten hours. Really, if it’s in there for longer than that, you probably can solve a lot of problems by eating more fiber.
Finally, Less Shame In Medical Procedures
Sadly, the PillCam won’t be replacing the colonscopy completely; it’s still more effective, according to FDA tests. But the PillCam, already in use in dozens of countries, will at least reduce the number of invasive procedures and avoid exposing you to massive amounts of radiation. And really, avoiding massive amounts of radiation is a net positive in our book. Besides, as imaging technology improves, so will the PillCam. Just hope that happens before you hit butt-camera age.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.