SOURCE: Given Imaging

Given Imaging

November 25, 2009 08:01 ET

Three Studies Find PillCam® SB Enables Earlier Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Diseases Including Crohn's

LONDON--(Marketwire - November 25, 2009) - Given Imaging Ltd. (NASDAQ: GIVN), the global leader in patient-friendly GI diagnostic and monitoring solutions, today announced that three new studies demonstrate that PillCam® SB endoscopy has a clear impact on how physicians manage GI patients, including those patients suspected of having Crohn's disease. The studies were presented at the Gastro 2009 conference taking place in London from November 21 to 25. Given Imaging is exhibiting at booth #83 at the conference.

A 950-patient, single-center study (P2106) analyzing the largest series of capsule endoscopy cases from the UK, led by Dr. Mark E. McAlindon, Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK, examined capsule endoscopy's diagnostic yield and impact on patient management. Results of the study showed that using PillCam SB changed how physicians treated 27 percent of all patients and 79 percent of patients who were subsequently diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

In a poster presentation (P2105), Jorge Cotter, Alto Avenue Hospital Center, in Guimarães, Portugal, concluded that physicians can diagnose and classify Crohn's disease earlier by using PillCam SB. The study also found that based upon capsule endoscopy findings, physicians changed their therapeutic strategy for 22 percent of their patients.

Finally, data from a poster (P1471) presented by Paul Thomas, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset, UK, showed that by using PillCam SB, physicians at community hospitals were able to definitively determine the source of GI bleeding in 58 percent of patients who presented with obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB) and subsequently treated more than one-third of those examined. These results mirror results seen in large, tertiary referral centers. Thomas and colleagues concluded that a normal capsule endoscopy indicates a good prognostic course.

"There is a growing body of evidence that suggests broader use of wireless capsule endoscopy in routine practice," said Dr. Thomas. "Earlier diagnosis and management at the point-of-care may improve patient outcomes."

About Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the lining of the small intestine wall. It usually occurs in the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum, but can affect any part of the digestive tract. Symptoms can include diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and rectal bleeding. Roughly 50 percent of all cases of Crohn's disease are diagnosed in the last part of the small intestine (the terminal ileum) and cecum. This area is also known as the ileocecal region. Other cases of Crohn's may affect one or more of the following: the colon only, the small bowel only (duodenum, jejunum and/or ileum), the stomach or esophagus.(1) Roughly 500,000 Americans suffer from Crohn's disease, and about 20 percent have a direct relative with some form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).(2) It affects men and women equally. The cause is unknown, but the theory most widely held is that the immune system is over-reacting to a virus or bacterium that causes inflammation.(3) An upper GI endoscopy, upper GI radiography series and colonoscopy are often used to test for inflammation and intestinal abnormalities. Depending on the severity, treatment options include nutritional supplements, drugs and surgery. There is currently no cure for the disease.

About PillCam SB

The PillCam SB video capsule measures 11 mm x 26 mm and weighs less than four grams. Now in its second generation, PillCam SB 2 contains an imaging device and light source and transmits images at a rate of two images per second generating more than 50,000 pictures during the course of the procedure. Initially cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2001, PillCam SB is clinically validated by more than 1,100 peer-reviewed studies. It is the most accurate, patient-friendly tool for visualization of the small bowel and is used by physicians to evaluate patients with a variety of diseases of the small bowel.

About Given Imaging Ltd.

Since 2001, Given Imaging has advanced gastrointestinal diagnosis by developing innovative, patient-friendly tools based on its PillCam® Platform. PillCam capsule endoscopy provides physicians with natural images of the small intestine via PillCam SB, the esophagus through PillCam ESO and the colon with PillCam COLON [not cleared for use in the USA]. The PillCam capsules are miniature video cameras that patients ingest. Given Imaging's other capsule products include Agile™ patency capsule, to verify intestinal patency, and Bravo®, the only wireless, catheter-free, 48-hour pH test commercially available for pH testing to assess gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Given Imaging's products use cutting-edge, wireless technology and advanced software to enable gastroenterologists to better diagnose diseases of the esophagus, small bowel and colon [PillCam COLON is not cleared for use in the USA.] and more accurately treat patients. All Given Imaging products allow patients to maintain normal activities. Given Imaging's headquarters, manufacturing and R&D facilities are located in Yoqneam, Israel, with operating subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Australia and Singapore. For more information, please visit

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(1) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Frequently Asked Questions

(2) Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (

(3) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (

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