Mesoscale mobile robots for gastrointestinal minimally invasive surgery (MIS)

J.L. Gorlewicz, R.J. Webster, III and P. Valdastri,     Vanderbilt University, USA


Wireless capsule endoscopes, swallowable devices such as commercial pill cameras designed for minimally invasive surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, are reviewed, and the basic modules of robotic capsules are described. Latest research results in the development of robotic capsules are presented, and a perspective on the future prospects for clinical implementation of wireless robotic capsule-based surgical systems is presented.

Key words

wireless capsule endoscopy

robotic capsules

swallowable devices

surgical endoscopy

minimally invasive surgery

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