What is the Smart Pill?
Much like the Pillcam, SmartPill motility is an ingestible capsule that contains an electronic monitoring device that collects readings regarding the movement of the gastrointestinal tract. The SmartPill specifically monitors temperature, pressure, and pH levels and the information is sent back to a recording device. This
information is then analyzed by your doctor.
What should you expect during the test?
The SmartPill is a vitamin sized capsule that is swallowed. After ingesting the SmartPill, you will be asked to fast again for 6 hours, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. You may participate in normal daily activities throughout the testing period. It is important that you wear the data recorder on your body at all times during the study, other than when you bathe/shower. The SmartPill is disposable and passes naturally with your bowel movements. You should not feel any pain or discomfort when the capsule passes. If the capsule does not pass in a bowel movement within a few days, then you should consult with your doctor. After the procedure, you will return the data recorder according to your doctors instructions. Once the data recorder is returned, the results of the test will be analyzed by your doctor. Your doctor will then contact you to discuss the results and inform you of any follow up requests or procedures.
Preparation for the SmartPill Procedure
Generally there is very little preparation for participating in the SmartPill procedure. You will be asked to fast after midnight before the procedure. After the requested 6 hours, you may resume your usual daily diet. Refrain from alcohol consumption until the SmartPill capsule has passed. Also refrain from using laxatives, or other medications that affect motility until you have passed the SmartPill capsule. A list of medications will be reviewed regarding medications that should be held prior to and during the assessment. It is important that you understand and follow these instructions. If you have questions or concerns, your doctor will be happy to discuss those with you.