Researchers at RMIT University, Australia have made a huge breakthrough by developing ‘ingestible sensor capsules’ that can accurately diagnose a number of ‘undiagnosable’ gut disorders.
What’s the story?
According to a study published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, a group of researchers in Australia has been successful in developing a swallow-able sensor (via a capsule), which is reportedly 3,000 times more accurate in diagnosing gut disorders than the present ‘breath-testing’ technology.
What is the function of the sensor?
The senor contained in a vitamin pill-sized capsule provides real-time detection and measurement of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide in the gut. The resultant data can be sent to a mobile application, which would help your doctor ascertain the root-cause of your gut problem.
Will the sensor hinder a patient’s daily life?
No! Since the test is non-invasive, there is no need for patients to worry. They can go about their chores just as normally as they were before ingesting the capsule!
Findings of the Human Trial
The results showed high sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio in measuring the concentration of intestinal hydrogen and carbon dioxide, providing valuable information at the site of intestinal gas production, said Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, co-inventor of the capsule.
A Quick Fact on Gut Disorders
Statistics show that of the 1-person-out-of-5-people (worldwide) who will suffer from a gastrointestinal disorder in their lifetime, almost 1/3rd remain undiagnosed due to a scarcity of reliable tests available to Gastroenterologists.
However, with the capsule hitting the market any time soon, the above-mentioned statistic will soon be lost in history books!