Harvard Gastroenterologist Partners with Artist on "Mouth to Anus" Camera Pill Project

Harvard gastroenterologist Braden Kuo, MD, and artist Stefani Bardin collaborated on a project that used camera pills to look at differences in how the body digests a processed meal and a natural meal, according to a Wired report.

The pair used two camera pills: one that measured pressure, temperature and pH and another that recorded video. The subject was given a processed meal of ramen noodles, gummy bears and blue Gatorade and a whole foods meal of handmade noodles, pomegranate juice gummy bears and hibiscus Gatorade.

The study was conducted last year and the results have not yet been published, but video of the procedures are available. Video footage shows the GI tract turning green because of the blue food coloring. The video also shows the processed noodles took longer to digest than the handmade noodles. Ms. Bardin plans to present her findings through an installation where the video footage will be projected onto a screen.

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