Tiny Diagnostic Robot Tank Explores the Colon

The colon, also known as the large intestine, is where the final stages of digestion happen. Here, water, salts, and remaining nutrients from ingested food are absorbed. Due to its susceptibility to a range of conditions, cancer, inflammatory disease, polyps, and infections, for instance, physicians have to perform routine procedures known as colonoscopies to catch potential problems early.



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River D'Almeida, Ph.D

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