Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the California Institute of Technology have created a system that three-dimensionally (3D) tracks wireless ingestible devices throughout the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The ingestible device that maps the GI tract (iMAG) engages with a wireless Bluetooth receiver to correlate field data to spatial location for real-time tracking as it travels through the body.
The system produces a 3D magnetic field via electromagnetic coils positioned at the patient's back.
The researchers found the iMAG could measure activity in a pig's gut accurately when tracked with magnetic fields and X-rays.
Brigham's Giovanni Traverso said, "Such a portable and non-invasive procedure holds the potential for significant clinical benefit without causing patients discomfort."
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