Gastrointestinal physiology

Gastrointestinal physiology concerns any part of the digestive tract from the oesophagus to the anus and also of the liver, biliary tract and the pancreas.

As a healthcare scientist working in gastrointestinal (GI) physiology, you’ll specialise in the study of GI function and disease.

Working life

You’ll use various highly technical, mechanical and electronic instruments to measure various parameters within the digestive tract.

Working in GI physiology the parameters you'll be measuring will include:

You might also:

The results of all of these investigations will contribute to the care pathway of patients who may have primary swallowing disorders, severe gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or disorders of the gut function, notably faecal incontinence or constipation or both.

Depending on the diagnosis of these tests and measurements, patients will then be offered appropriate treatment which might include medication or surgery.

Who will I work with?

You’re likely to work in a team that includes gastroenterologists (doctors specialising in gastroenterology), colorectal surgeons, dietitians and specialist nurses.

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