Private medical clinic Créa-MeD has become the first clinic in Montréal to offer a pill camera for colon imaging. Its non-invasive alternative to a colonoscopy was approved for use by the FDA on February 3, 2014, and is now available at the clinic.
According to Créa-MeD, this latest imaging technology is more convenient and less risky for patients. Without the traditionally invasive procedures or exposure to radiation, it can effectively visualize the colon. Clients can swallow the capsule and return to work or their daily activities, as the capsule records images of their colon for four to 10 hours.
“This medical advancement marks a pivotal moment in screening capabilities and Créa-MeD is thrilled to bring this new diagnostic technology to our clients,” said Dr. Luc Bessette, president of Créa-MeD. “March is colorectal cancer awareness month and Créa-MeD would like to reinforce the importance of getting screened, as well as, promote awareness of the many options available in maintaining colorectal health. We couldn’t think of a better time to announce this important new service now available at our private clinic.”
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men and women combined.
“We are encouraging all Canadians to discuss their screening options with their physicians and to better understand that screening means getting checked before there are any signs or symptoms,” explained said Barry D. Stein, president of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. “Our goal is to ensure that all men and women in Canada between the ages of 50-74 are screened for the disease. A simple screening test can save thousands of lives. The PillCam provides an additional option in the appropriate circumstances to fulfill this goal.”
Video: Créa-MeD now exclusively offering Pillcam Colon 2. Source: Créa-MeD.