Researchers at MIT are constantly pushing the boundaries of science but their latest ingestible monitoring capsule may be the next big thing in medicine. The newly developed capsule is about the size of a pen cap and carries a prototype sensor that combines electronics with useful bacteria. The sensor is the key to the ingestible monitoring capsule as it can monitor the stomach in an incredibly precise way and relay pertinent information back to the user or operator.
The project is still in its prototype phase, and none of the sensors have been tested on humans. However, the ingestible monitoring capsule has been tested on pigs, and the promise of the technology could massively change the medical industry. The researchers hope that the device could one day be used by patients at home to help more easily diagnose or manage a range of diseases.
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