Endoscopic Capsule Robot for Painless Colonoscopy
By packing many tools into one advanced, minimally invasive platform, the MAC offers new capabilities for medical providers and less discomfort for patients undergoing colonoscopy or endoscopy. The robot measures 26mm x 11mm. Magnets outside the body guide the tiny MAC system through the colon to find potential trouble spots, which eliminates the need for a rigid device that must be forced into the body. The MAC receives power and control input from a soft tether and can transmit images for real-time viewing and therapy. An external robotic arm is used to control the magnet in a reliable and repeatable way.