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From left: Prof. Chan Ka-leung Francis, Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung and Prof. Wong Chi-sang Martin, associate professor, Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care and director of Jockey Club Bowel Cancer Education Centre, introducing the new technology
Prof. Chan Ka-leung Francis (right) demonstrates the real-time video taken by the colon pill camera
 
Newsletter No. 404 > Campus News > Medical > New Colon Pill Camera Introduced to Help Prevent Bowel Cancer

New Colon Pill Camera Introduced to Help Prevent Bowel Cancer

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The Institute of Digestive Disease at CUHK introduces an innovative technology — colon pill camera for screening bowel cancer. The user only needs to swallow a pill camera with front and rear lens which will travel through the entire large bowel to capture images. Colonic images can be viewed at real-time and the video can be analyzed by an accredited health professional within the same day. This test is simple, quick, user-friendly, causing very minimal discomfort and inconvenience to users.

Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, the founding director of the Institute said, ‘This new tool is accurate, safe, non-invasive, requiring no sedation, and is likely to be an acceptable test of choice for Hong Kong citizens.’

‘This new diagnostic tool has much potential in bowel cancer prevention. It may be used as a screening tool, and also be able to help decide if a patient should do colonoscopy after a positive fecal test,’ said Prof. Chan Ka-leung Francis, director of the Institute. Professor Sung and Professor Chan remarked that this new technology has potential to reduce the incidence and mortality of bowel cancer in Hong Kong.

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