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Camera on a String Gives Doctors a Better View

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: technology, health technology, camera, surgery, pill camera, ScienCentral News,

A new camera being developed by the University of Washington gives doctors a clear look at patients’ insides, and the ability to fine tune the view. The camera is so small, ScienCentral News reports that patients can literally swallow it like a pill. Earlier models of internal cameras were often as large as an adult index finger, requiring that patients be sedated before usage. The new system employs a fiber optic wire as small as a human hair. Researchers believe the technology could make medical procedures less invasive, and could lead to easier screening for diseases such as lung cancer. In fact, the system is so small that Eric Seibel, one of the technology’s developers, conducted an interview about the innovation with one of the cameras down his throat.

You can watch that video below.