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Swallowable imaging capsules not widely used

Twelve years ago, many health journalists, myself included, wrote excitedly about a new imaging capsule that could be swallowed and used to capture pictures of the intestines and colon. It didn’t require any sedation and might soon replace endoscopies to look for ulcers and colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer.

But that hasn’t panned out, and I haven’t heard much about the imaging capsule — called PillCam — until last week when I received an e-mail from Israeli manufacturer Given Imaging announcing a new and improved version of their device with better resolution and other upgrades.

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