Project Description

Innovative intelligent pill for diagnosis of gastrointestinal dysfunctions

Our customer developed an innovative capsule that is ingested to measure the mechanical activity of the digestive tract. It is non-invasive and comfortable for the patient who can resume normal life without any inconvenience after ingestion.

Project Challenge and Solutions Provided by Valtronic

The device is based on a magnetic tracking system which allows local recording of the transit dynamics with a very good spatio-temporal resolution. Our customer contacted Valtronic to design and produce the device that had to fit into an intelligent pill measuring 22 mm x 8.5 mm (Ø). Valtronic moreover provided a pediatric version of the pill with smaller dimensions of 22 x 6 mm (Ø).

Valtronic provided a miniaturization solution and performed the manual assembling and testing. The complete process includes peek-encapsulation of the device.

Technical details

The device is based on a magnetic tracking system which allows local recording of the transit dynamics with a very good spatio-temporal resolution. Our customer contacted Valtronic to design and produce the device that had to fit into an intelligent pill measuring 22 mm x 8.5 mm (Ø).

Valtronic provided a miniaturization solution and performed the manual assembling and testing. The complete process includes peek-encapsulation of the device.

Benefits

The device allows for a faster, non-invasive and cost-effective diagnosis of patients with functional diseases such as constipation, diarrhea, IBS or gastroparesis.

About diagnosis of gastrointestinal dysfunctions

Current diagnostics yield insufficient information for the physician to rapidly and in a cost effective way asses and treat the patient. The shortcomings are principally that the information is limited to short segments of the gastrointestinal tract and over a limited period of time, there is no information about the dynamics of the transit. In addition, the patient has to endure a most uncomfortable and invasive procedure. Smart pills offer unique ability to monitor regional transit time thus significantly improving speed of diagnosis and effectiveness of therapy.

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