Feb. 5, 2014 -- A pill camera that's swallowed to enable doctors to check the large intestine for early signs of colon cancer has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The PillCam Colon, which was approved for use in patients who've had an incomplete colonoscopy, contains a battery-powered camera that takes photos of the intestinal tract over eight hours, the Associated Press reported.
The photos are transmitted to a recording device worn by the patient and later examined by the doctor.
The device was developed by Given Imaging Ltd. of Israel. It estimates that about 750,000 U.S. patients a year can't complete a colonoscopy due to reasons such as anatomy problems, colon diseases or previous surgery, the AP reported.
Eighty other countries had already approved Pillcam Colon.