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510(k) clearance from FDA for PillCam Small Bowel 3 @HOME endoscopy procedure.- Medtronic

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Published:21st Nov 2021
Medtronic plc has announced that the FDA has granted 510(k) clearance for its PillCam Small Bowel 3 system for remote endoscopy procedures. The PillCam SB3 @HOME program combines Medtronic's PillCam technology with Amazon logistics, a combination intended to ensure both timely and accurate results for patients from the comfort of their homes.

PillCam SB3 @HOME provides a telehealth option for direct visualization and monitoring of the small bowel, to help better detect lesions not detected by upper and lower endoscopy that may: 1) indicate Crohn's disease, 2) locate obscure bleeding, or 3) identify sources of iron deficiency anemia (IDA).

About PillCam SB3 @Home : Once a GI physician identifies a patient and places an order for a PillCam SB3 @HOME procedure kit, the procedure date is confirmed and the PillCam SB3 @HOME kit is delivered directly to the patient. Through a telehealth appointment, a healthcare provider guides the patient through the remote procedure, and the patient returns the data recorder and sensor belt to Medtronic once the procedure is complete. Over the course of the eight-hour procedure, the PillCam SB3 capsule transmits approximately 50,000 images. These images are securely transferred to the cloud where there are accessed by a GI physician who reviews the images to make a diagnosis. .

"Early diagnosis and treatment are key to achieving the best outcome for GI patients, and fortunately with telehealth options, patients can receive their GI diagnosis conveniently from home," said Dr. Michael Bass of GI Specialist of Delaware. "The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of early detection and not delaying care following the onset of symptoms. This system allows for patients to remain in the comfort and safety of their own home while giving providers access to the high-quality images needed to make a diagnosis."

Condition: Endoscopy
Type: drug

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