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The World's First Self-Propelled Endoscopy Device 'Swims' the Entire Digestive Tract in Mere Hours
PopSci ^ | June 22, 2011 | Clay Dillow

Posted on 06/23/2011 5:25:01 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

Probing colons has never been this much fun. Japanese researchers have developed the world’s first self-propelled endoscopy device, a remote controlled tadpole-like camera that can “swim” through the digestive tack gathering imagery along the way.

This kind of endoscopy isn’t wholly new, of course, but previous iterations of ingestible cameras relied on natural muscle contractions to move them through the body. The “Mermaid,” as it is known, simplifies the process by moving quickly through the digestive tract to its destination, whatever that point may be. To speed the process, it can be inserted into the digestive system at either end, entering the body orally or--well, you know.

The device is just 0.4 inches in diameter and just shy of two inches long, and uses magnetic machinery to control its movement and location. Doctors pilot the endoscope with a joystick, watching its progress on a monitor. All said, it takes only a few hours to traverse the whole system from esophagus to colon. It could help ease the strain on patients and detect hard-to-see cancers earlier than was previously possible.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: colon; endoscopy; fantasticvoyage; gerbildrone; intestines
Unless Raquel Welch is aboard, I don't consider this a valid device.
1 posted on 06/23/2011 5:25:04 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Paging Richard Gere


2 posted on 06/23/2011 5:27:18 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: PJ-Comix
Lemmiwinks can retire now!


3 posted on 06/23/2011 5:29:10 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Hamster with a camcorder.


4 posted on 06/23/2011 5:29:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: LibFreeOrDie

LOL! I still have the Lemmiwinks song in my head.


5 posted on 06/23/2011 5:30:20 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Sounds like one of those little tin windup toys we had when I was a kid. Up yours!!


6 posted on 06/23/2011 5:32:17 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: PJ-Comix

To boldly go where no mini-cam has gone before!


7 posted on 06/23/2011 5:32:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: PJ-Comix
If they make a left hand model, we can retrieve a lot Special forces, Marine, and Navy Seal boots.
8 posted on 06/23/2011 5:33:19 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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Sorry, Doc, the answer is still no. Gotta die of something, and I'm ok with that. I am NOT ok with stuff going into the Exit-Only orifice.

/johnny

9 posted on 06/23/2011 5:33:40 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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Doctors pilot the endoscope with a joystick, watching its progress on a monitor.

Might be fun for the doctor. Not so much for the patient.

10 posted on 06/23/2011 5:44:14 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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That’s nothing...my cooking will pass through the entire track within minutes.....some even returns home before the journey is finished!


11 posted on 06/23/2011 5:48:19 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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Always ask before swallowing, ‘how was it administered to the previous user?’


12 posted on 06/23/2011 5:54:21 PM PDT by PAR35
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It’s been done.

In the Matrix, they inserted it through the navel.


13 posted on 06/23/2011 5:59:07 PM PDT by lurk
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To: count-your-change

Ive had McDonalds go through my entire digestive tract before I was even finished with the fries.


14 posted on 06/23/2011 6:06:08 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: count-your-change

ROTFLMYO!


15 posted on 06/23/2011 6:12:44 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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The “Mermaid,” as it is known, simplifies the process by moving quickly through the digestive tract to its destination, whatever that point may be.

Gosh. I didn't know there was ambiguity on that point.

16 posted on 06/23/2011 6:13:06 PM PDT by Liberty1970 (For by grace are you saved through faith.)
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To: Liberty1970

Actually, now that I think about it, that might explain a few things about news media, lawyers and politicians. (”It came out WHERE?!?”)


17 posted on 06/23/2011 6:14:17 PM PDT by Liberty1970 (For by grace are you saved through faith.)
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To: Husker24

Now you know what the “fast” in fast food means!


18 posted on 06/23/2011 6:55:28 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: PAR35

Let’s hope they keep some reserved for each end?


19 posted on 06/23/2011 7:21:34 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: PJ-Comix

I hope they use fresh batteries each time.


20 posted on 06/23/2011 7:28:23 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: PAR35

It always comes out the exit.

The wonders of external medicine.


21 posted on 06/23/2011 11:30:09 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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