SmartPill Motility Testing Specialist

Gastro Center of Maryland

Gastroenterologists located in Columbia, MD & Olney, MD

Dr. Rudy Rai and Dr. Pia Prakash use SmartPill® motility to help diagnose and treat their patients. At the Gastro Center of Maryland, Maryland residents can receive quality healthcare treatment.

SmartPill Motility Testing Q & A

What is SmartPill® motility?

Much like the small bowel Pillcam, SmartPill motility is an ingestible capsule that contains an electronic monitoring device that collects readings regarding the functioning and movement of the GI tract. Temperature, pressure, and pH levels are constantly monitored and the information is sent back to a data recorder. That information is then analyzed and interpreted by the doctor and an accurate diagnosis is made.

What are the benefits of the SmartPill?

The SmartPill measures how well the digestive tract functions. It tracks the movement of foods through the digestive system showing the temperature, pressure, and pH levels as certain foods travel through the stomach, small intestine, and finally the large intestine. The device shows areas where digestion is the strongest, as well as areas of weakness. It can identify areas that may be affected by certain disease states. The procedure is noninvasive and requires no downtime. The patient ingests the capsule and it travels through the digestive tract alongside food. The capsule is eventually eliminated in the stool.

What risks are associated with the SmartPill?

There are very few risks associated with the SmartPill device. The most common risk is retention of the device in the digestive tract. It may become lodged in a particular area if there is disease or narrowing. In most cases, the capsule will pass through the system without incident. There is always a risk of nausea and mild gastrointestinal discomfort as the Smart Pill is ingested through the mouth. These risks are minimal, however, and only a very few incidents have been reported.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Gastro Center of Maryland, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept.

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AARP
Aetna
Allied Benefit Systems
Amerigroup
Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield
CareFirst
CHAMPVA
Cigna
CoreSource
Corvel
GHI
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Humana
Maryland Physicians Care
Mutual of Omaha
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