Friday, February 10, 2012

Endoscopy Doesn't Have to Be Unsightly

Capsule Endoscopy can conjure up a negative image for patients; the leads and wires attached to their torso leading to a recording device that is worn on a belt or harness. This is needed in current systems due to the wireless technology used in transmitting the pictures captured by the capsule endoscope through radio-frequency signals.

Some products are looking to get the process down to no more than taking a pill. One such product, available for sale in the UK, France, Germany, and India, is Capsovision's Capsocam SV-1. The unit features a tiny, 360 degree camera available for sale in Europe and India through medical distributors. Pictures are downloaded, rather than transmitted by radio.

"The patient doesn't need to look like a bomber with a datarecorder and sensor attached to them anymore," says Tim O'Dwyer, Capsule Endoscopy Specialist for hte Saratoga, CA-based company. He recently spoke with Kalorama Information.

According to O'Dwyer, the new capsule Capsocam SV-1 has four cameras and 15hours of
battery operating time minimum and can take more pictures than the average unit.

"That's over half a million photographs compared to less than 80,000 taken by the market leader," O'Dwyer said.

Another system by Sayaka Corp uses an inner lens that constantly rotates so that a 3D image of the canal is taken. Sayaka's Capsule has a lens on the lateral surface of the capsule instead of the front. This new design obtains clear-cut lateral images of the gastrointestinal wall while the inner capsule spins in the digestive tract. The unit is battery free.

Capsule Endoscopy is one of the faster growing market segments in GI and more competitors are expected. We've completed a whole market research study on this promising area. Kalorama Information's latest report can be found on our website:Gastrointestinal Devices market research report.