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Friday, October 31, 2008

Suriya launches Capsule Endoscopy technology

Suriya launched the latest version of Capsule Endoscopy technology for Liberty High Scans (Chennai) and VGM Endoscopy Centre (Coimbatore). Dr. Mohan Prasad is the pioneer who introduced this technology to India within six months of its introduction in the US.

Photos of Suriya launching Capsule Endoscopy technology

It is heart-warming to see a young and successful actor, who is busy with films and his philanthropic activities, finding time for such elite inaugural functions. And it was amazing to see Suriya’s medical knowledge too; so it appears he agreed to be a part of this inauguration out of genuine interest.

Capsule endoscopy eradicates all the discomfort associated with normal endoscopy or colonoscopy such as pain, necessity for anaesthesia, inconvenience, etc. In capsule endoscopy, the patient swallows a multivitamin tablet-sized camera which, while travelling through the GI tract, takes numerous pictures during its journey. The patient needs no anaesthesia, nor does he feel any pain or discomfort. The patient will be required to wear a special sensor belt, which collects the pictures transmitted from the pill-cam moving down the GI tract. This belt has to be returned to the doctor, who will use the data captured by it for examination. And the pill-cam, which is disposable, is excreted from the body naturally. With the latest version introduced by VGM and Liberty, the "pill camera" is enabled to capture more than 144,000 images over a 10-hour period.

Also, with this pill-cam technology added to their hi-tech equipment, the physicians will have no trouble convincing their patients to include study of the GI tract in their regular master health checkups, which are usually shunned by patients fearing the pain and inconvenience of endoscopy or colonoscopy.

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