Given launches next-generation PillCam Colon
This article was originally published in Clinica
Given Imaging has launched its PillCam Colon 2 video capsule at the Gastro 2009 conference, held in London, UK, this week. The Yoqneam, Israel-based firm CE marked the device for sale in Europe in September (www.clinica.co.uk, September 15 2009). The next-generation product provides "superior imaging" compared with the original PillCam Colon, Given said. Neither device is currently approved by the US FDA. The company also presented results from a study in 98 patients with risks for or symptoms of colon cancer. It found that, compared with colonoscopy, PillCam Colon 2 had a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 76% in detecting polyps of 6mm or larger, which rose to 88% and 89%, respectively, in polyps of at least 10mm.
You may also be interested in...
Israel is well-known as a medtech hot-spot, with a focus on academic research and strong government support helping the country punch well above its weight when it comes to innovative devices.
St Jude Medical had a heavy focus on its intravascular imaging offering at this year’s EuroPCR meeting, presenting data supporting its optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology. OCT provides intravascular images to help assess culprit lesions, which can improve stent selection and deployment, according to St Jude.
A big topic at this year’s EuroPCR, held in Paris on 19-22 May, was drug-coated balloons (DCBs). One of the leaders in the field, Medtronic, presented positive data from two studies of its IN.PACT Admiral balloon, which could support an expanded indication for the device.