More than a million Americans suffer from painful digestive disorders like Crohn's disease. Now, a tiny camera may shed some light on how to treat these diseases.
It's called the Crohn's cam, a device used to help doctors view the intestines through the digestive tract.
Researchers at Northwestern University are using this method to improve ways to treat Crohn's, a painful illness, which attacks the small intestines.
The camera lets doctors see how well experimental therapies like Interlukin Two work. It's also used to find hidden cancers and other stomach problems other cameras may miss.
For now, the small cam is not approved to take the place of the current endoscopes. However, it is providing doctors with a less probing method to treat stomach diseases.