Gastro Camera

Technology has helped reduce the size of most helpful tools, including video cameras. Now, some local doctors are taking the camera experience to a new level, thanks to wireless technology.

Doctors rely on the latest technology to make the right diagnosis. Until recently though, doctors couldn't see what was going wrong in the small intestines of patients.

That's all changed at South Georgia Medical Center, where doctors now have access to an amazing little device, which is fitted with a camera and a tiny transmitter.

Dr. Eric Ward says, "It’s very helpful for very specific, well-defined problems. Specifically gastro-intestinal bleeding of an unknown source and it some cases, patients with disease can be diagnosed this way."

Despite its advanced technology, the little pill works very simply to find the problem areas.

"The patient comes in in the morning, they swallow the capsule, it contains a camera, a light source, a battery and a radio transmitter and the patient also wears a receiver device on their belt."

Doctors say they are thrilled with the new advancement, because of the improved quality of information this system provides, but another important feature how easy it is for the patient to go through.

"The patient is not aware the capsule is there, there is no radiation, there is no risk of complications."

Doctors say the success rate of this tiny camera system has been great, giving them views they've never seen before and helping them better prescribe the right treatment, which helps save lives.

Doctors say this procedure does not replace other methods of tumor detection, but it simply enhances established techniques.