Procedure Questions

What is the SmartPill Capsule?

The SmartPill capsule is a tiny medical device slightly larger than a multi-vitamin. The SmartPill’s sensors measure transit time, pressure, pH, and temperature. This allows your doctor to evaluate and diagnose disorders motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

Procedure Bullet Points

The SmartPill:

  • Is simple
  • Well-tolerated
  • Is far more comfortable than existing alternatives

Your doctor will ask you to swallow the SmartPill after you consume a standard meal. The SmartPill will pass through your body using the normal contractions of your gastrointestinal tract.

As it passes through, the SmartPill will collect data and wirelessly send information to a receiver that you will wear around your neck or attached to your belt.

Utilizing sensor technology, the SmartPill measures transit time, pressure, pH and temperature throughout the entire GI tract. This data helps physicians evaluate motility disorders such as chronic constipation and gastroparesis, a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents.

Gastroparesis often occurs in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It’s a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty into the small intestines. And it’s common in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.



You should look into the SmartPill if:

  • You suffer frequent motility disorders, such as:
    • Chronic constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Gastroparesis
  • Your doctor advises a follow up on a previous procedure.

Your doctor may ask you to:

  • Restrict your diet
  • Stop certain medications

Inform your doctor of:

  • Any medication that you take regularly, especially;
    • aspirin products
    • arthritis medications
    • blood thinners (such as Warfarin or Heparin)
    • Clopidogrel
    • Insulin
  • Any known allergies to medication
  • Any medical conditions that will require special attention, such as;
    • heart conditions
    • lung conditions
    • any other major conditions
  • If you have a pacemaker or implanted defibrillator.



It’s important to follow all of your doctor’s instructions.

You’ll wear the receiver for 3-5 days as the SmartPill passes through your body. During this time you can continue your normal routine. You shouldn’t notice any discomfort.

After the capsule is ingested, the patient returns to regular daily activities, wearing the data receiver for three to five days.






The test ends when the capsule passes out of your body, usually within a couple of days. You don’t need to recover the SmartPill. It can be safely flushed down the toilet.

You’ll then return the receiver to your doctor and the information will be downloaded onto a computer. Once the data is analyzed, your doctor will schedule a consultation with you to go over the results.

Do not have an MRI study for 30 days after ingesting the SmartPill.




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