University of Nebraska creates autonomous colonoscopy robot: 3 key notes

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln created an autonomous colonoscopy robot, the Daily Nebraskan reports.

Professor Carl Nelson, PhD, assistant professor Benjamin Terry, PhD, and colleagues helped create the robot to make colonoscopies painless for patients.

Here's what you should know:

1. The robot aims to replace to the traditional colonoscope.

2. The team published peer-reviewed papers describing the robot, its operating principles and test results. The team disclosed the technology to Nutech Ventures to protect the university's property rights.

3. Preliminary results from University of Nebraska Medical Center partners said the robot delivers a colonoscopy with less pain.

Dr. Nelson said to the Nebraskan, "Our hope is that this will eventually simplify and improve diagnostic procedures in the gastrointestinal tract for many millions of people."

To see a video of the robot functioning, click here.

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