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megimoo
06-23-2011, 11:11 PM
The World's First Self-Propelled Endoscopy Device 'Swims' the Entire Digestive Tract in Mere Hours

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,...

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-06/worlds-first-self-propelled-endoscopy-device-swims-entire-digestive-tract-mere-hours

CueSi
06-24-2011, 12:52 AM
If it helps detect colon cancer early, I guess it's okay . . . (my uncle died of colon cancer)

~QC

Articulate_Ape
06-24-2011, 12:53 AM
Does is swim back out? It matters.

megimoo
06-24-2011, 01:33 AM
Does is swim back out? It matters.
I think that it swims one way and exits from the opposite end ?

noonwitch
06-24-2011, 08:43 AM
I know it sounds like a silly invention, but those examinations are painful-I have a relative with Krohn's disease who has undergone several. If this device makes it a less painful procedure, it's a good thing.

megimoo
06-24-2011, 09:30 AM
I know it sounds like a silly invention, but those examinations are painful-I have a relative with Krohn's disease who has undergone several. If this device makes it a less painful procedure, it's a good thing.

It sure beats having a fire hose shoved up your butt!

Bailey
06-24-2011, 09:45 AM
It sure beats having a fire hose shoved up your butt!

Well people like NH will not like it, I am sure the prefer the old way. :D

fettpett
06-24-2011, 11:42 AM
Well people like NH will not like it, I am sure the prefer the old way. :D

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Rebel Yell
06-24-2011, 11:49 AM
Where's Nova at when we need him?:eek::p;)