For years, a team of dedication researchers as well as inventors worked tirelessly; round the clock and have finally come up with the first gas sensory capsule.
This amazing gas-sensing swallowable capsule could revolutionise the way that gut disorders and disease are diagnosed as well as treated.
The sensors that could be so easily swallowed was designed by RMIT University in Australia. It could completely alter the way gut disorders and diseases are diagnosed as well as treated; offering a more potential game-changer for the one-in-five people worldwide who will suffer from gastrointestinal problems in their lifetimes.
The capsule which is said to be as small as a vitamin pill works by detecting as well as measuring gut gas in real time and then send the data gathered to a mobile phone.
Trials undertaken with the capsule reveals bodily mechanisms that have never seen before, including what researchers believe could be an entirely new immune system.
“We found that the stomach releases oxidising chemicals to break down and beat foreign compounds that are staying in the stomach for longer than usual,” said study lead and capsule co-inventor Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh.
This could represent a gastric protection system against foreign bodies. Such an immune mechanism has never been reported before.
This game changing technology has successfully passed human trials and the team is exploring ways to commercialize the technology, partnering with Planet Innovation to bring the product to market.
This new technology and discoveries could help people worldwide who will suffer from a gastrointestinal disorder in their lifetime. It could also lead to fewer invasive procedures like colonoscopies.
Kudos to the amazing team of researchers who spent years working on this. Finally they can reap the fruit of their labour. We can only hope that after the commercialization of this technology, it will be accessible to all.
RMIT University (officially the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, informally RMIT) is an Australian public research university located in Melbourne, Victoria.
Founded in 1887 as the Working Men’s College by Francis Ormond, it initially opened as a private night school offering instruction in art, science and technology in response to the industrial revolution in Australia. It was made a public university by act of the Parliament of Victoria in 1992 after merging with the Phillip Institute of Technology