Revolutionizing Cancer Diagnosis: Discover the Mini Robot That Detects Cancer Cells in the Lungs

2023-07-31 10:01:25

A multidisciplinary team from the University of Leeds has created a mini-robot that detects and treats early signs of cancer in the lungs. Find out how this little robot detects the presence of cancer cells.

For several years, artificial intelligence has been at the service of health. Today, it is constantly expanding, going even further. Researchers in England have developed a mini-robot capable of penetrating the lungs in order to detect cancers.

A mini robot in the lungs: It’s a revolution for cancer diagnosis

Robotics is at the intersection of science, engineering and also part of technology. This mini robot can swim in our lungs. Indeed, he actively seeks and fights the first signs of cancer. In order to control this little robot inside the human body, magnets are used, which allow it to change its shape. This mini robot can also move smoothly into the deep parts of our lungs. And most amazingly, it does this without damaging the surrounding tissues.

In tests on cadaver lungs, the robot showed that it could go 37% further than standard tools. In addition, he can take precise biopsies. That means it can help doctors target only cancerous cells, leaving healthy tissue untouched.

Professor Pietro Valdastri, who is leading the research, is excited by these results. According to him, this gentle robot, which respects the anatomy of the body and is controlled by magnetscould change the way lung cancer is treated.

Two robots in one!

But the researchers don’t stop there. In fact, they want to develop the project of this mini robot capable of detecting lung cancer. For this reason they have an even bolder idea : make two robots work together in the human body. The first would hold a camera, while the second would use a laser to destroy tumors. The goal ? Reduce patient painexplains Giovanni Pittiglio, co-author of the study.

This idea has already been successfully tested. In fact, the researchers managed to make two robots work together. Their goal was to perform brain surgery in a replica skull. However, a challenge arose: the two robots, attracted to each other by the magnets, risked sticking together. To overcome this problem, a solution has been considered. Because of this, the researchers designed the robots in such a way that they could only bend in certain directions.

Note that the mini robot is not yet ready to be used on human patients. Still, researchers are optimistic. They continue to work on this revolutionary technology, in the hope that it can one day help save lives.

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