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   Posted 1/29/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   

9. Smart Pills
These swallowable, vitamin-size sensors won't make you smarter, but anything that lets you avoid an endoscopy is a pretty good idea. The FDA-approved sensor from Buffalo-based SmartPill transmits data about pressure, acidity, and temperature to a 5 x 4-in. receiver that patients carry around with them during the pill's trip through their gastrointestinal tract. SmartPill already has competition:  The Israeli company Given Imaging has developed a similar sensor called PillCam. 

Short-term impact: HIGH

Although you won't be popping them on a daily basis, these sensors—which at press time, were on the verge of being shipped—could make a wide range of invasive procedures obsolete.

I found this article on MSN.  Let's hope it replaces colonoscopies! 

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   Posted 1/29/2007 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had one of these but it still seems that endo's would be necessary since they usually take biopsies. I know my Doctor does use them but he doesn't seem to feel they are right for me. i would love to get rid of my endo's.
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