We have already talked about endoscopic pills here, here, here, and here. Now, a research funded by European Union has led to the invention of ‘robot’ that can be swallowed to look for cancer. The pill sized device will travel inside the body to check for tumors and will transmit the findings back to the computer. The gadget integrates a tiny video camera to capture around 40,000 images while traveling through the intestines. Researchers hope that the new invention will be able to save thousands of lives of patients caught with painful biopsies or surgery to investigate cancer. The invention is an upshot of inspiration from PillCam (we discussed earlier). When this new robot will travel inside the body, doctors watching the journey from a computer screen will also be able to ‘halt’ the robot and take a closer look at suspect tissue. Scientists are conducting experiments with special grippers that can be activated by an electrical signal outside the body, as well as using magnets to control the robot.
We have witnessed a number of devices earlier that claim to destroy cancer cells effectively. Now, scientists at Nuclear Physics Institute have devised a unique device which they say will wipe out the cancer cells effectively without damaging healthy tissues of human organism. The device is a handy neutron accelerator that necessitate common socket for its energy needs. For now, the device will undergo some clinical trials before it is made available to the patients.
Now, researchers at Purdue University’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering have found a new scaffold-like liquid material that could be injected into the body to fill in the gaps between injured or misplaced tissue before coagulating into a gel. The new discovery could help fix the damaged bones, spinal cords, arteries and other parts. Researchers claim that the new wound healing material could further be employed to improve metal scaffolds surgically positioned in arteries to keep them open in case of heart patients. Well, the research has been conducted with laboratory tissue cultures till date. Via: Medlaunches
The technology has come a long way as some researchers in Finland have developed a machine which they claim to have the capability to manufacture human spare parts. Well, not exactly the human parts but in actual a tactic that enables fabrication of nano and micrometer scale structures that can be used as parts of tissue engineering scaffolds. So, they are not making human parts but the synthetic human tissues. I am impressed! Via: blog.sci.fi