ROCKVILLE, MarylandThe FDA has approved a tiny ingestible video
camerathe Given Diagnostic Imaging System (Given Imaging Ltd)for use with
other endoscopic and radiologic GI tract evaluations, to detect polyps, cancer,
or causes of bleeding and anemia in the small intestine.
The system includes a single-use, 11 × 30-mm capsule, known as the M2A,
which contains a color video-imaging unit, light source, telemetry transmitter,
The patient swallows the capsule, which passes through the GI tract and is
excreted naturally. A window at one end of the capsule allows the camera to
take images of the intestine lining (2 pictures every second) for about 8
hours, long enough to view the entire small intestine but not the whole colon.
Images are sent to a data recorder worn around the patient’s waist and
later transferred for viewing to a workstation equipped with the company’s