Microrobot for colonoscopy

M. C. Carrozza, L. Lencioni, B. Magnani, P. Dario, D. Reynaerts, M. G. Trivella, A. Pietrabissa

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of a new microrobotic system for colonoscopy. The aim of the project is to design and fabricate a miniature device for colonoscopy which should provide the same (or better) functions as a conventional system, but much less pain and discomfort for patient. The microrobot we have fabricated and tested is able to propel itself in the colon in a semi-autonomous manner by inchworm locomotion obtained by means of pneumatic actuators controlled by shape memory alloy (SMA) microvalves. The microrobot, its propelling principle and the design and fabrication of the SMA microvalves are illustrated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Micro Machine and Human Science
Editors Anon
PublisherIEEE
Pages223-228
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 7th International Symposium on Micro Machine and Human Science, MHS'96 - Nagoya, Jpn
Duration: Oct 2 1996Oct 4 1996

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1996 7th International Symposium on Micro Machine and Human Science, MHS'96
CityNagoya, Jpn
Period10/2/9610/4/96

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Carrozza, M. C., Lencioni, L., Magnani, B., Dario, P., Reynaerts, D., Trivella, M. G., & Pietrabissa, A. (1996). Microrobot for colonoscopy. In Anon (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Micro Machine and Human Science (pp. 223-228). IEEE.