A magnetic capsule robot may replace endoscopy thanks to work being done at Carnegie Mellon University's Nanorobotics lab.
The lab has received funding to develop a squishy robotic capsule that can be controlled while inside the body. The capsule could replace invasive endoscopes by performing camera imaging, drug injection, tissue sampling, and more.
FDA-approved pill cameras have been in use since 2001, but they can only perform imaging, and move through the body naturally. Robotic devices would have the ability to to stop, back up, deliver drugs, or perform biopsies.