January 25, 2012

Fantastic Voyage Closer Than We Think


Scientists from Korea and the University of California, Berkeley foresee a time when a patient can lie inside an MRI machine and a microrobot reports back by video while moving forward and backwards, making turns and corkscrewing when needed. The results of their research will be in a soon to be published Journal of Applied Physics.

A collaboration of Israel's Tel Aviv University and Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital are working on a robotic endoscope. Admittedly inspired by the movie "Fantastic Voyage", a pill-sized robot, powered by magnetic fields, may soon be able to run through a human's stomach, although so far testing has only taken place in an aquarium. An operative model is still about 3 to 5 years away.

Via Inside Science

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at January 25, 2012 11:44 AM
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