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Colon capsule endoscopy diagnoses 64 percent of total polyps detected by conventional colonoscopy
Date:7/27/2009

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Capsule endoscopy for exploring the colon in a minimally invasive manner diagnoses 64% of all lesions located by means of conventional colonoscopy. According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine the specialised medical journal with greatest international impact -, the new device would need technical improvements to achieve similar efficacy to the conventional procedure undertaken with a colonoscopy and to date considered a "gold standard" technique for this medical discipline, given that this is what currently provides the most reliable results. It has to be added that, moreover, conventional colonoscopy enables the undertaking of a diagnosis of the colon as well as practicing therapeutic procedures, such as the in situ extirpation of polyps during exploration or the obtaining of a biopsy when required.

Capsule endoscopy of the colon explores the large intestine in a minimally invasive manner, not being necessary to admit patients to hospital, nor to sedate or anaesthesise them; neither is any tube or air needed nor radiation.

A total of eight European hospitals took part in the research, amongst these being the University Hospital of Navarra, the only hospital throughout Spain involved and the one contributing most patients for the study 63 from a total of 328.

Aim of study

The goal of the multicentre study was to determine if the colon capsule could provide results similar to conventional colonoscopy when detecting polyps and neoplasic lesions (cancer of the colon), according to doctor Miguel Muoz Navas, Director of the Department of the Digestive System at the University Hospital of Navarra.

The endoscopy capsule for exploring the colon is a device manufactured by the Israeli firm Given Imaging and which houses in its interior two cameras that
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