Volume 95 Issue 41 | pp. 20-22
Issue Date: October 16, 2017

Swallowable electronics could be the future of medical devices

Appetite grows for sensors and drug delivery devices that can be ingested
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Chemical sensing, diagnostics, swallowable, ingestible, sensors, pill camera, nanomotors

In the 1966 movie “Fantastic Voyage,” a shrunken submarine called Proteus is injected into a scientist’s body so the vessel’s crew can operate on his brain. That may be science fiction, but tiny devices that can monitor health have already become reality. Battery-powered, swallowable cameras the size of a large pill have been on the market since 2001. About a dozen companies make such capsules to take pictures of the esophagus, small intestine, and colon . . .

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