A next-generation GastroGeniX Wireless Capsule Endoscopy (WCE) system is being created, which incorporates new design features for reduced power consumption, increased capsule life, and longer procedure data acquisition times. These new features allow smaller capsule size, broadening the utility in pediatric and veterinary patients. The elimination of video buffer and temporary storage memories means less data to transmit and store, and lower cost to produce (COGS).
Superior power management and further miniaturization point toward a combination of imaging with physiologic metrical data acquisition. Factors such as pH, motility, pressures, and intestinal gas sampling may be combined into a single ingestible device, providing single-pass multi-modal procedures, a boon for disorders with complex symptomologies, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Wireless capsules consist of a number of miniaturized solid-state components, including LEDs to provide illumination, an image sensor, typically a complementary-metal oxide silicon (CMOS) chip, batteries, lenses, and an antenna to broadcast image and other data.