Motility at the UVA Digestive Health Center conducts a variety of diagnostic tests to evaluate and diagnose abnormal conditions within the gastrointestinal system. Services provided include:

  • Manometry studies to evaluate motor function and coordination of muscular activity throughout the digestive system.
  • 24-hour pH reflux monitoring, Bravo pH monitoring, and esophageal impedance-pH monitoring for evaluation of acidic and non-acidic reflux.
  • Hydrogen breath test to check for lactose intolerance and bacterial overgrowth.
  • C-14 urea breath test to check for the helicobacter pylori bacterium., which can be diagnostic for peptic ulcer and some other GI diseases.
  • Pill cam capsule endoscopy to visualize the esophageal or small intestinal mucosa, looking for signs of bleeding or other conditions.
  • EMG rectal biofeedback for diagnosis and treatment of anorectal dysfunction.
  • Gastric analysis to evaluate acid secretion.
  • Secretin stimulation test to diagnose Zollenger-Ellison syndrome in patients with hypergastrinemia or peptic ulcer disease.

The Motility Clinic also offers Remicade infusion therapy (for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis) and Photofrin infusion therapy (as part of the photodynamic therapy used for many carcinomas) in its infusion clinic.

Referring physicians and office staff:
Please request an outpatient procedure at UVA Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology by calling 434.924.9999 and faxing the appropriate form to 434.924.8144.