Camera in a Pill
Baptist Health Paducah uses a clinically proven medical technology that allows physicians to see the entire 21 feet of the human small intestine. The M2A® Capsule Endoscope, or camera in a pill, was pioneered by Given Imaging Corporations to give patients a non-invasive option for diagnosis of certain small intestine disorders.
The capsule, which is taken with a sip of water, just like a vitamin, passes naturally through the digestive tract, recording video images that are transmitted to and then stored on a recorder belt worn throughout the day. Eight hours after swallowing the capsule, the patient returns the belt to the physician's office. The physician then views the images using the Given Imaging workstation and RAPID software, and later reports his or her findings back to the patient.