One of the greatest inventions in Israeli history, not only in the medical field but overall, is the Pillcam. The Pillcam is a tiny video camera attached to a pill that patients can swallow to get pictures of their gastrointestinal tract. This pill allows us the ability to see parts of the gastrointestinal tract that could not be otherwise seen through the use of a conventional endoscope. It also allows us to see the gastrointestinal tract of patients that cannot undergo conventional endoscopic procedures due to preexisting conditions such as hemophilia, previous surgeries and anatomical challenges for navigation, as well as many others.
The Pillcam was and continues to be a revolutionary diagnostic device that offers us an alternative to traditional colonoscopies. The Pillcam acts as a second opinion when traditional colonoscopies fail, as is the case with millions of patients every year. Roughly 10% of patients, who need to have colonoscopies, are unable to do so, and the Pillcam is their only choice to have imaging of their gastrointestinal tract and possibly prevent potentially fatal colon cancer.