Bravo pH Testing
What is the Bravo™ pH Monitoring System?
The Bravo 48 hour ph test is a tool used to detect the actual acid exposure present in your esophagus on a daily basis. This test can be used for diagnosis and is also a tool to determine the efficacy of any medical and surgical treatments used for GERD. The test functions via a small capsule that is attached to the esophageal wall and measures pH readings that is transmitted to a separate device worn by the patient.
The Bravo system involves a pH capsule, about the size of a gel cap, that is temporarily attached to the wall of the esophagus. The Bravo™ pH Capsule measures pH levels in the esophagus and transmits readings via radio telemetry to the Bravo™ Receiver worn on the patient’s belt or waistband. The patient also records symptoms he or she experiences in a diary by pressing buttons on the receiver.
The Bravo pH capsule collects pH measurements for up to 48 hours. After the study, data from the receiver is uploaded to a computer and diary information is entered for analysis to aid in the diagnosis and plan treatment. Normal patient activities such as swallowing, eating and drinking should cause the disposable pH capsule to detach and pass through the digestive tract in 5-7 days on average.
How is the Bravo pH capsule attached to the esophagus?
The doctor uses the Bravo™ Delivery System to insert the pH capsule through the mouth or nose and position it above the lower esophageal sphincter. Once the pH capsule is in place, suction is applied, drawing a small amount of esophageal tissue into the capsule and locking it in place. The delivery system is then withdrawn and the pH capsule can begin measuring pH levels.
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