But in between, doctors have had a heck of a time looking in the yards of small intestine to determine sites of bleeding or tumor, until now.
But why, pray tell, does a cardiac electrophysiologist care about this development? Well the answer lies buried in this story.
RAPID Access (the software that accompanies the PillCam) also allows physicians to remotely initialize a DataRecorder to administer the Company's PillCam(R) video capsules to patients at satellite sites. Data can then be sent to a central location for processing and interpretation.
You see with this approval, the FDA permits Given Imaging's software to remotely reset the PillCam.
As far as I am aware, this is the first time the FDA has permitted reprogramming of a medical device over the internet. A crack in the dam has surfaced. It does not take too much of a leap to suspect that it's just a matter of time before we'll not only be able to analyze cardiac defibrillators via the internet (as we do now), but also reprogram them.