October 27th, 2009

Safety study of capsule endoscopy in patients with implantable cardiac devices finds no interference

By Kelley Luckstein

A study of patients with implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers, implantable defibrillators or left ventricular assist devices found that performing capsule endoscopy in these patients is safe and that the devices in general do not interfere with images captured by the capsule…

 

"Our assessment did not reveal any interference on the implanted cardiac device in patients undergoing capsule endoscopy," said Dr. Lucinda Harris from the Mayo Clinic Arizona. She presented her paper, "Does the beat go on? Does the video still play? Results from the largest series to date on the safety of capsule endoscopy in patients with implantable cardiac devices," at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology in San Diego, CA.

 

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Tags: capsule endoscopy, cardiac devices, GI, Mayo Clinic Arizona

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