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Unformatted text preview: THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2002 2002 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reprinted from T HE PUBLISHERS SALE OF THIS REPRINT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR IMPLY ANY ENDORSEMENT OR SPONSORSHIP OF ANY PRODUCT, SERVICE, COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION. Custom Reprints (609)520-4328 P.O. Box300 Princeton, N.J. 08543-0300. DO NOT EDIT OR ALTER REPRINTS REPRODUCTIONS NOT PERMITTED #25262 (over please) More Doctors Get Inside View Of the Body With Video Pill; Close-Ups of a Tumor Site By MARILYN CHASE K RISTEN PARSKE WAS TIRED of not knowing what was wrong with her. The 33-year-old home- maker was dangerously anemic from internal bleeding and had undergone a colonoscopy, barium X- rays and six other uncomfortable scopes and scans, but doctors hadnt pinpointed the source. Ms. Parske, in Sacramento, Calif., could have had exploratory surgerya big operation with a six-week recovery. But she had a new option: swallowing a miniature camera in a pill. With one- and two-year-old daughters to care for, she went for the video pill. Every year a million Americans get procedures done to examine the small intestine. Often, it takes test after test or even surgery to figure out what is wrong. The problems that can strike include ulcers, tumors, leaky vessels and inflammatory conditions like Crohns disease and irritable bowel syndrome. But the upper intestine is hard to see with conventional imaging tools. The 22 feet between the stomach and colon has been a black box, says Gavriel Meron, chief executive of Given Imaging Inc., the Yoqneam, Israel, company that makes the technology. The tiny disposable camera in a plas- tic shell, known as capsule endoscopy, is an easy way to explore that internal terrain. Several thousand people have tried it in the U.S. so far, and it is increasingly available in hospitals around the country. The technology, invented by a former missile designer, was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration in August 2001. In the U.S., 268 hospitals, clinics and medical practices have installed the system, which includes a workstation and software along with the capsule. The procedure, which costs as much as $1,500, is covered by insurers in 24 states, 17 of those with Medicare coverage, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because it is new, the video pill is mostly used after conventional tests have failed. Still, says Robynne Chutkan of Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., it already has carved out a key role in solving the mystery of gastrointestinal bleeding whose source is unknown. Capsule endoscopy is an amazing technology, says Ms. Parskes sur- geon, Gregg Jossart. He sees a number of patients like Ms. Parske for whom it will mean quicker diagnosis and cure. Ms. Parske swallowed the smooth plastic capsule, which is like an oversize vitamin, and donned a thick Velcro belt loaded with a battery pack and a Walkman-size recording device. Elec- tronic leads were attached to her torso.tronic leads were attached to her torso....
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