Medtronic gains 510(k) clearance for PillCam Small Bowel 3 @HOME endoscopy procedure

Medtronic has gained FDA 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 Small Bowel 3 is only cleared for remote use in the US It is not approved for this use in other countries or regions.

Low FODMAP diet could benefit people with IBS

People who respond well to the recommended dietary therapy of restricting intake of fermentable carbs for irritable bowel syndrome have an abundance of particular types of bacteria in their gut, according to the paper, 'Two microbiota subtypes identified in irritable bowel syndrome with distinct responses to the low FODMAP diet', published in Gut. The finding opens up the potential for new treatments and better management of the condition, which affects up to 15% of people worldwide, say the researchers.

Patients significantly more likely to recommend the C-Scan capsule than colonoscopy

Patients who underwent the C-Scan test to detect polyps before they may transform into colorectal cancer (CRC), as part of the 2019 US pilot study, were significantly more likely to recommend C-Scan test compared to colonoscopy. The findings were reported in the paper, ‘Colorectal Cancer and Polyp Detection Using a New Preparation-Free, Colon-Scan Capsule: A Pilot Study of Safety and Patient Satisfaction’, published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences.

AI classifies colorectal polyps proves useful for pathologists

In a 2020 study, researchers at Dartmouth's and Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center developed artificial intelligence (AI) to distinguish the four major types of colorectal polyps removed during screening colonoscopy. The model not only produced results that demonstrated accuracy and sensitivity at the level of practicing pathologists, but withstood evaluation using broad datasets spanning multiple institutions across the US, proving that AI models are generalisable and can be trained on widespread external data.