(The Gist of Science Reporter) Colonoscopy-like Bacteria Grabber
(GIST OF SCIENCE REPORTER) Colonoscopy-like Bacteria Grabber
Colonoscopy-like Bacteria Grabber
Purdue University researchers have built a way to swallow a tool that acts like a colonoscopy, except that instead of looking at the colon with a camera, the technology takes samples of bacteria. The tool is a drug-like capsule that passively weasels through the gut without needing a battery. The technology could also move throughout the whole GI tract, not just the colon. This tract, in addition to the colon, includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine and rectum.
Essentially, this tool would make it possible to conduct a “gutoscopy.” An initial demonstration of the prototype is published in RSC Advances, a journal by the Royal Society of Chemistry.