Pill-sized device designed for Barrett's esophagus screening

01/15/2013 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

U.S. doctors have created a device, about the size of a pill and equipped with a near-infrared laser, that they say could allow for an affordable, low-risk way to diagnose Barrett's esophagus. In a 13-patient trial, the device took under a minute to scan the entire esophagus, which could reduce the entire screening procedure to about six minutes, researchers said in the journal Nature Medicine.

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