Skip to comments.The World's First Self-Propelled Endoscopy Device 'Swims' the Entire Digestive Tract in Mere Hours
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 worlds 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 isnt 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.
Paging Richard Gere
Hamster with a camcorder.
LOL! I still have the Lemmiwinks song in my head.
Sounds like one of those little tin windup toys we had when I was a kid. Up yours!!
To boldly go where no mini-cam has gone before!
Might be fun for the doctor. Not so much for the patient.
That’s nothing...my cooking will pass through the entire track within minutes.....some even returns home before the journey is finished!
Always ask before swallowing, ‘how was it administered to the previous user?’
It’s been done.
In the Matrix, they inserted it through the navel.
Ive had McDonalds go through my entire digestive tract before I was even finished with the fries.
Gosh. I didn't know there was ambiguity on that point.
Actually, now that I think about it, that might explain a few things about news media, lawyers and politicians. (”It came out WHERE?!?”)
Now you know what the “fast” in fast food means!
Let’s hope they keep some reserved for each end?
I hope they use fresh batteries each time.
It always comes out the exit.
The wonders of external medicine.
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