Chronic gastric symptoms can be distressing. Symptoms such as abdominal pain, burning, reflux, bloating, nausea and vomiting are common, and can impair quality of life. Medical tests for these symptoms can be confusing, and it can be difficult for patients to get satisfying answers on what is causing their illness.
Gastric Alimetry is a new medical test, requested by a specialist in gut disorders, to evaluate whether abnormal gastric activity is causing these types of symptoms.
What is Gastric Alimetry?
Gastric Alimetry is a non-invasive test designed to help diagnose stomach problems. The test involves placing a sticky patch of sensors and a recording device onto the skin overlying the stomach.
Gastric Alimetry is able to read the activity of the stomach through a technology called Gastric Mapping. The data allows doctors to see patterns that may relate to various symptoms.
What to Expect
A comfortable adhesive array is applied to the surface of your abdomen, which non-invasively senses the activity of the stomach.
A 30 minute recording is taken, followed by a test meal. Then the array continues to sense the activity of the stomach for up to four hours. You may take comfort breaks as needed.
During the test, you rest comfortably in a recliner chair, reading, using a laptop computer, or watching a movie. During the test, you record your symptoms into the Gastric Alimetry App.
Gastric Alimetry is very well tolerated by the vast majority of patients.
Gastric Alimetry is a non-invasive test that is generally very safe and well-tolerated by patients. It is common to see some mild redness of the skin due to exfoliation, which usually goes away within 1-2 days. Some patients may also notice a mild itch or rash. Occasionally patients experience some irritation.
Reports are generated within 24 hours, and will then be made available to your clinician for your next consultation
Yes, you may take comfort breaks whenever required.
After the test is complete, a report is generated from the data collected during the test. This report will be sent to the clinician who will interpret it and share the results with you.
In preparation for your test:
- Do not eat or drink for 6 hours before the test
- Follow your doctor’s advice on stopping medications
- Reschedule your test if you have any rashes, sunburn, wounds, abrasions, infected or inflamed areas on your abdomen.
- Do not wear makeup or moisturiser on your abdomen
- Remove any piercings on your abdominal area.
How To Get a Test
Gastric Alimetry is currently available in New Zealand, and is expanding internationally soon. Please contact us for further information.