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Researchers Perform First Robotic Colonoscopy

Tony Hagen @oncobiz
Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Pietro Valdastri, PhD

Pietro Valdastri, PhD

Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Leeds in England have successfully performed autonomous retroflexion of a robotic capsule during colonoscopy in a subject animal, according to data presented during Digestive Disease Week 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Corporate investors who would be able to help with bringing the product to market will likely wait for the human trial before committing to underwrite the research, Valdastri said. In the meantime, “we are trying to go as far as possible with grant money.”
Sarker S, Slawinski PR, Taddese AZ, et al. The first autonomously controlled capsule robot for colon exploration. Presented at: Digestive Disease Week; May 6-9, 2017; Chicago, Illinois. Abstract Mo1962. 

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