Specially integrated features of the PillCam Colon make it suitable for the large intestine, which is highly compartmentalized and wider than the small intestine. Though other versions, including the pediatric one, have been approved by the USDA since 2003, this one has been approved in Europe but awaits USDA approval expected at the end of 2006. Other already approved versions include the PillCam SB video capsule to examine the entire small intestine, the PillCam ESO video capsule to examine the esophagus, and the Agile™ patency capsule to verify the free passage of the PillCam capsule in the GI tract. A capsule for visualization of the stomach is under development.
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More on PillCam products is available on the Given Imaging website.