Medical pills with camera

Camera pills instead of medical devices

For the last years scientists developed so-called “camera pills“, which can be swallowed by patients, and then transfer video from within. Though such gadgets can serve as invaluable means of visualization, researchers at Carnegie-Mellon’s University invent now tiny electronic medical devices, which can be swallowed and partially are digested, providing noninvasive process of treatment. The research project is now under the leadership of Professor Christopher Bettinger and Jay Whitaker. Bettinger works over biodegradable electronics for medical application, and Whitaker developed inexpensive, nontoxical, sodium – ion electrochemical batteries. According to Whitaker the camera pills so nontoxical, that people can eat it. The concept means existence of simple electronic devices, such as sensors, systems of delivery of drugs or tools on a food from batteries, and the case made of biodegradable polymer. These devices will put and will place in a gelatinous capsule that will allow to plan dissolution time in a key point of a gastrointestinal path. When the capsule is dissolved, polymer is hydrated, thereby giving an electric current from the battery therefore the device reveals. Camera pills can be accepted daily as usual drugs, and devices will remain within digestive system of the patient within 18 – 24 hours (the same as food).

source:www.cmu.edu

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