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New 'tracking' pill could help treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Published on 05/10/2011

Doctors at the Princess Grace Hospital in London have become the first to use a new ‘smart pill’ to help people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

IBS is a common condition of the digestive system which poses no serious threat to health, but can stop people living a normal lifestyle.

It is estimated that 10 to 20% of people suffer from IBS in their life, and it is twice as common in women.

IBS symptoms can usually be controlled by lifestyle changes, in more serious cases it can be difficult for doctors to find out which part of the gut is affected.

The new SmartPill GI Monitoring System is a small capsule, which delivers accurate and detailed information about the gut.

After swallowing the capsule it travels through the system, and analyses pressure, temperature, acidity, and the rate at which food moves along the colon.

The patient wears a monitor on their wrist which displays the information on a day to day basis. The information can show which part of the gut needs treating, and will help therapy be more targeted and efficient.

Gastro-physiologist Dr Anthony Hobson said:

"The capsule is fairly unique in the way it works. Camera-based pills are good for looking at things like inflammation or blockages but this pill tells us about the function of the gut."

The SmartPill at Princess Grace will set you back £1,750. However, if you have private medical insurance, you may be covered for using this device on your policy in the future.

Check out our IBS page for more information about the condition, or compare health insurance policies online now to see you could benefit from private medical insurance.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2011

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