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Validity and reliability of the myTemp ingestible temperature capsule.

Bongers, CCWG, Hopman, MTE and Eijsvogels, TMH (2017) Validity and reliability of the myTemp ingestible temperature capsule. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. ISSN 1878-1861

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OBJECTIVES: An accurate and non-invasive measurement of core body temperature (Tc) is of great importance to quantify exercise-induced increases in Tc in athletes or to assess changes in Tc in patient populations. The use of ingestible gastrointestinal telemetric temperature capsules is widely accepted as a surrogate marker for Tc, but widespread implementation is lacking due to the high costs of these disposable capsules. A new and cheaper temperature capsule system (i.e. myTemp) was recently introduced. The aim of present study is to determine the validity and test-retest reliability of the myTemp system. DESIGN: Ex-vivo experimental study. METHODS: Fifteen ingestible temperature capsules (myTemp, Nijmegen, Netherlands) were tested in a highly temperature controlled water bath, in which the water temperature gradually increased from 34°C to 44°C. The study protocol was performed twice for each temperature capsule. RESULTS: Mean difference between myTemp temperature and water bath temperature was -0.001±0.005°C (Limit of Agreement (LOA): ±0.011°C) during Trial 1 (p=0.11) and -0.001±0.006°C (LOA: ±0.012°C) during Trial 2 (p=0.039). Furthermore, an Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC) of 1.00 was found for both trials. A systematic difference between Trials 1 and 2 of 0.004±0.008°C (LOA: ±0.015°C) was found (p<0.001), whereas the ICC between both trials was 1.00 and the standard error of measurement was 0.005°C. CONCLUSIONS: Although we found a systematic bias for the sensitivity (-0.001°C) and reliability (0.004°C), these values can be considered insignificant from a physiological and clinical perspective. Thus, the myTemp ingestible temperature capsule is a valid technique to measure (water) temperature under controlled circumstances.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2017 10:33
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:21
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.06.006
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6799
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