|Covidien’s Unique Capsule Endoscopy PillCam® SB Featured in New Smithsonian Exhibit ‘Tools: Extending Our Reach’|
Innovative design of wireless, vitamin-sized capsule recognized for its profound impact on improving the standard-of-care for small bowel examinations
PillCam® SB uses a miniaturized camera contained in a disposable capsule that naturally passes through the digestive system, allowing physicians to directly view the small bowel, without sedation or radiation. This procedure helps health care practitioners detect and monitor lesions, ulcers, and tumors within the small bowel, which may be the source of obscure GI bleeding, Crohn’s disease and iron deficiency anemia. (Photo: Business Wire)
PillCam SB’s innovative and patient-friendly design earned it a place as one of the few objects outside the Smithsonian collection chosen for the exhibit. The vitamin-sized, disposable capsule contains a small camera that captures color images of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. LED lights provide illumination and an antenna wirelessly transmits the images to a receiver worn by the patient.
Once the capsule is ingested, patients can return to most of their daily activities as the capsule naturally passes through the digestive system, wirelessly transmitting more than 50,000 images of the small bowel to a receiver worn by the patient. Physicians can review the footage at a later time to identify potential abnormalities.
“When PillCam SB launched in 2001, it allowed physicians, for the first
time, to visualize abnormalities such as Crohn’s disease and small bowel
bleeding lesions throughout all 23 feet of the small bowel,” said
Visitors to the exhibit will be able to learn about PillCam SB’s
miniaturized design components and view interactive tables that show
animation of how the device measures its speed as it moves through the
small bowel providing videos that are sharp and clear for the doctor to
view. The exhibit is running from
Jamali continued, “The Smithsonian Institution is acclaimed for its dedication to educating the public about history and innovative cultural advancements and we are honored to have PillCam SB included in this unique exhibit.”
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