SmartPill is a diagnostic procedure in which the patient will swallow a pill that is the size of a multivitamin. This pill will travel through the entire gastrointestinal tract taking measurements of pH, temperature, and pressure. The patient will wear a device at their waist. The pill will wirelessly transmit data to the device over a period of several days. The patient may go about their normal daily activities. The gastroenterologist will interpret the data once the study is complete. The SmartPill will pass through a normal bowel movement.
This test is indicated for patients who have a suspected gastrointestinal motility disorder and suffer from symptoms such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and constipation. This test should NOT be done for patients who have had recent gastrointestinal surgery, have a known stricture, or have a known gastrointestinal obstruction.