Pill-sized camera offers images of esophagus

08/31/2005 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

A reporter describes her personal experience with an innovative technology that allows for the detection of severe heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, through images taken with a pill-sized camera that is swallowed. The PillCam ESO gives more than 2,500 shots of the esophagus once it is swallowed, and the technology offers a much more manageable alternative to the traditional method of endoscopy, which involves sedation and snaking a long tube down the throat.

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