Diagnostic testing is an integral part of what we do at Center for Esophageal Wellness, because an accurate diagnosis is what we use to provide you with the appropriate treatments and care you need. We offer a diverse array of diagnostic tests that utilize advanced technology to provide accurate and comprehensive data.
The Bravo Capsule pH test measures acidity levels in the esophagus through use of a vitamin-sized capsule. This capsule is equipped with a sensor that wirelessly transmits the data to a receiver carried by the patient.
The Bravo Capsule is placed into the esophagus using a catheter that is inserted through the mouth. The capsule stays in place using suction and will remain in the esophagus for a period of three to seven days before it dislodges and passes through the body. The test monitors acid levels in the esophagus over a 48-to-96-hour period. Because the capsule monitors levels of acid, you need to be off any reflux medications for seven days prior to the test. This capsule can be placed unsedated in the office, or at the time of an endoscopy.
Once the issue has been properly diagnosed, board-certified general surgeon Dr. Reginald Bell will formulate an appropriate course of action for your treatment plan. This plan will help to effectively manage your symptoms and issues so you can maintain your quality of life. Contact our office to schedule a consultation for your diagnostic testing.