A robotic arm has been developed to help perform colonoscopies cheaper and more effective. This robotic arm offers the possibility to transform the process of a cancer diagnosis. The colonoscopy is the standard for detecting and diagnosing colon cancer, making it one of the most sought-after procedures in medicine. This demand will rise by 16% over the next ten years.
The traditional endoscopes have been used for detecting and diagnosing colon cancer. However, this procedure is uncomfortable, complicated to work with, and too expensive. A health practitioner will need years to master how to use this device.
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The robotic arm utilizes image analysis and machine intelligence to automatically find its way into the body. This approach was tested in an artificial colon model and also in two pigs. These procedures are perceived to be more manageable than a traditional endoscope. The robotic arms are controlled by a joystick, enabling non-expert users to carry out a magnetic colonoscopy.
This robotic arm reduces training, operating costs, and production of the whole colonoscopic apparatus, which allows them to be more available in hospitals. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer suffered by humans and accounts for about 700,000 cancer deaths across the world, according to a study. This cancer has a 5-year survival rate of more than 90% when diagnosed on time. The robotic arm can save millions of lives.