In the near future, you may among the privileged to swallow a SmartPill pH.p Capsule and have it diagnose a host of gastric problems as it wends its way through your digestive tract. The pill, expected to be available later this year, can transmit gastric data to a wireless receiver, avoiding the need for gastric emptying Scintigraphy, a procedure that exposes the patient to radiation. While this and other smart pills may make us a little queasy, we still prefer them to the alternative, and we eagerly await SmartPill's planned improvements to the pH.p capsule, which the company says will make it a viable alternative to that other quaint tool used to check gastric problems: an endoscopy.

[Via Strange New Products]

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SmartPill surveys the gastric landscape