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Smart Pill Could Soon Be Used To Detect Health Problems From Inside The Gut

Friday 25/May/2018 - 09:32 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully developed an ingestible smart pill that could soon be used to detect a number of health problems from inside the gut، as the Technical Times said.
They say the ingestible bacterial-electronic sensor will transform the way doctors diagnose، monitor، and treat gut diseases.
The smart pill or capsule is a small، ingestible، and ultra-low-power sensor that is over an inch long. According to the MIT researchers، the technology is the first of its kind because it uses genetically engineered bacteria as sensors to detect bleeding in the digestive tract.
What's more، the technology can also relay signals or send information to a smartphone to inform and help doctors diagnose a number of health issues، including inflammatory bowel disease، early signs of ulcers، and even colon cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention، colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Early screening and detection can really help so that treatment can reduce complications.
Also، the technology could be used by doctors to monitor parts of the stomach that are very difficult to reach، especially in people who suffer from Crohn's disease. So far، the device has already been tested in pigs. However، the technology still needs to be adjusted before it could be used in humans.

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