SmartPill Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of the SmartPill Procedure?
The SmartPill procedure is convenient for both the patient and physician. The test does not require a hospital visit and does not expose you to radiation. While the test is taking place you are free to go about your regular activities.
How long will I be in the doctor's office for the SmartPill procedure?
The SmartPill procedure is initiated at your doctor's office and requires an office visit of approximately 15-30 minutes. After ingestion of the SmartPill Capsule you are able to go about your normal daily activities.
How does SmartPill work?
After ingestion, the SmartPill Capsule collects measurements of pressure, pH and temperature
throughout the entire gastrointestinal tract. The SmartPill Data Receiver, which is worn on a belt
clip or on a lanyard around the neck, captures and stores the test data collected by the Capsule.
Why is measuring transit important?
Transit abnormalities are commonly considered as a possible etiology for unexplained GI symptoms. A direct measurement of GI transit is important in establishing an accurate diagnosis because symptoms of delayed transit overlap with those of accelerated transit. Upper and lower gut symptoms also often overlap, therefore localizing transit abnormalities to a specific GI region is important in diagnostic evaluation.
Is there any test preparation?
The SmartPill procedure requires that you fast the night before the test. Your doctor may impose other restrictions as well, such as taking you off certain medications prior to the procedure.
How long will it take to pass the SmartPill Capsule?
The capsule normally passes painlessly and naturally within 24-48 hours.
What happens after I've passed the Capsule?
After passing the SmartPill Capsule, simply return the SmartPill Data Receiver to your doctor's office. Your doctor will download the test information to a computer and analyze the results.