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Miniature robot could check colons for early signs of disease

20 June 2019

Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day replace the need for patients to undergo an endoscopic examination, where a semi-rigid scope is passed into the bowel – an invasive procedure that can be painful. Micro-ultrasound images also have the advantage of being better able to identify some types of cell change associated with cancer. [Read More]
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