Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gadgetry

A long time ago, in a lifetime far, far away... I heard stories about the latest and greatest gadgetry: from pencils that recorded the physicians comments as he walked the hallway to the neck cabling that hailed the physician's nurse to other assorted items that I cannot remember.

Curiosity getting the better of me, I was doing a little digging and found this little gem.

Imagine no longer needing to be anesthetized to have your stomach viewed through a rigid tube with a camera attached. Imagine no longer worry about choking as the tube is inserted.

While it might take longer, make that will take longer, to view the images the patient comfort factor has to have been raised by 10x just by alleviating the stress.

And for the radiologists, I imagine they still get to bill for the extended time. Patient comfy, physician paid. Sounds like a win-win situation.

Asked my dad what he thought, he said that the gadget would be awesome for his once a year viewing of his ulcer (it's right near the aorta and they monitor him closely)... adding, now if they could come up with a colonoscopy type gadget... wondering if this piece of technology wouldn't help as well... as it ... traversed the digestive tract.

2 comments:

Slamdunk said...

Interesting and certainly useful.

Ella said...

This is capsule endoscopy. They've been using it for about 10 years. It's very cool.... but a little messy...