Using Pill Capsule Endoscopy to Assess Intestinal Worm Burdens in Infected Dogs
Principal Investigator: Dwight Bowman
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant):
This is a preliminary study to assess the capability of image capture pill capsule endoscopy (CapsoCam) to quantify the number of intestinal worms present in living dogs as compared to worms expelled in feces post treatment. CapsoCam is a self-contained imaging capsule with circumference cameras, where all images are recorded and stored within the capsule so the patient is not required to wear any external gear or sedation. We anticipate this self-contained feature will be less stressful when used in dogs. The enrolled dogs are infected with worms, capsuled when patent, treated and after 2 rounds of infections adopted out. Currently, the FDA requirement behind new product approval mandates euthanasia and worm counts to verify product efficacy, but new non-fatal methods such as this would be welcomed by all parties involved.