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This electronic pill could help diagnose gastrointestinal disorders

Using a swallowable gas sensor, researchers get data straight from the gastric source

by Tien Nguyen
April 27, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 18

 

Credit: RMIT University/C&EN

Bodily gases are typically embarrassing. But for doctors who want help diagnosing gut disorders, detecting these gases inside the body could be beneficial. Now, a team of Australian researchers is testing an electronic pill that senses certain gases in real time as it travels through the body (Nat. Electron. 2018, DOI: 10.1038/s41928-017-0004-x). This sensor is the latest ingestible device vying for a place on the market and on gastroenterologists’ roster of diagnostic tools.

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