Friday, June 06, 2008

Fantastic Voyage a (sort of) reality reports: [edited]

Medical scientists have developed tiny cameras that can be swallowed by a patient and steered around the body to deliver images of the oesophagus.

The first-ever control system for the 'camera pill' is a joint development by manufacturer Given Imaging, the Israelite Hospital in Hamburg, Royal Imperial College in London and the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT).

Dr Volke explained that the team developed a magnetic device roughly the size of a bar of chocolate which the doctor can hold in his hand during the examination and move up and down the patient's body.

The steerable camera pill consists of a camera, a transmitter that sends the images to the receiver, a battery and several cold-light diodes which briefly flare up like a torch every time a picture is taken.

1 comment:

Bib Bad Pete said...

Call me old fashioned, but I'd still prefer to have Raquel Welch zooming around inside me !