Tiny endoscope gives detailed view of esophagus for diagnosis

01/14/2013 | Nature

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a small endoscope -- the size of a penny -- on a wire that physicians can use to examine a patient's esophagus in 3D minute detail as they assess conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or Barrett’s esophagus. The endomicroscope device, which patients swallow with water, can be used without anesthesia and does not cause pain.

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