The team, from Imperial College London, are creating a robotic pill that if swallowed by a patient, has the potential to deliver drugs to the small intestine. This is an area of the body that is currently difficult for doctors to get at and treat.
The robotic pill is fitted with a camera, remote controlled “anchor” and miniature repositionable syringe. It is designed to improve the way that intestinal cancers are treated by enabling localised drug delivery. The team say their on-board syringe could enable chemotherapy medicine to be targeted more precisely. This could potentially reduce the number of invasive procedures needed to remove tumours in patients.
The pill could also be used by doctors to inject adrenaline locally to help treat ulcers in the small intestine to reduce inflammation and pain.
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Source: Imperial College