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Scientists have created capsules that measure the level of gastric gases
- April 17, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Consistently, step by step, experts in the field of biology seek to answer many interesting questions regarding how to improve the modern complex of methods and tools aimed at measuring the health of our organs and the gastric region, in particular. Today, a team of specialists in intestinal biology from the University of Melbourne has proposed a very unique and unusual option for measuring intestinal processes using a special sensor system built into a capsule tablet, which, when disintegrated, allows sensors to begin measuring the level of oxygen, hydrogen and other elements.
It is worth noting that this idea is not so new and revolutionary – over the past decade, many researchers have worked in this direction. However, the project of the Melbourne team of scientists is interesting primarily because the system of sensors and sensors activates automatically when the capsule breaks up and enters directly into the intestinal environment. The system mainly measures the level of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide, which are the most important and fundamental elements in the work of the stomach – they are involved in digestion and the allocation of beneficial elements from food.
The ability to accurately measure their level and various interactions between separate groups of intestinal bacteria will allow researchers to achieve a conceptually new way to improve the treatment of various diseases of the stomach. As for the transmission of this sensor information, it is carried out via Bluetooth connection using a conventional RF receiver.
Thus, the new concept of capsules presented by the Australian research team with a system of sensors for measuring the level of fundamental elements in the environment of the stomach and intestines is supplemented by its ability to simultaneously study the processes occurring between individual bacterial communities, which is also extremely important for creating a more complete picture. It is expected that soon the team will present an even better version of its invention – the first tests on patients have already yielded a positive result!