Your child must swallow a capsule on days one, two and three. There are 24 rings in each capsule. These rings will be visible in your child’s x-ray and will help the doctor determine how your child’s intestine moves.
If your child cannot swallow the capsule, it can be opened and mixed in soft food (pudding, ice cream, applesauce, etc.).
Do not chew the rings.
If your child refuses to swallow all of the rings, please try to figure out how many are actually consumed and let your doctor know.
The rings will harmlessly pass out in your child’s stool. This is to be expected. You may or may not see the rings.
How does the study x-ray work?
On days four and seven, your child will need x-rays of his or her stomach (KUB x-ray).
One x-ray should be taken each day.
The doctor will review your child’s x-ray results and plan your child’s treatment with you.
Please note: These x-rays must be done at one of the following:
MassGeneral Hospital for Children - Boston
MGH West - Waltham
MGH North - Danvers
Talk to your doctor about scheduling your child’s Sitzmark study.
Take 1 capsule
Take 1 capsule at the same time as on Day 1
Take 1 capsule at the same time as on Day 1 and Day 2
KUB stomach x-ray within 2 hours of the time the capsule was taken on Days 1, 2 and 3
KUB stomach x-ray; same as on Day 4
If you have further questions or if your child becomes very uncomfortable, vomits, develops a swollen abdomen or fever during the test please call the nurse at 617-724-0732. After 5 pm or on weekends page the Pediatric GI doctor on call at 617-726-2241.
Rev. 5/2012. This document is intended to provide health related information so that you may be better informed. It is not a substitute for a doctor's medical advice and should not be relied upon for treatment for specific medical conditions.