A locomotion control platform with dynamic electromagnetic field for active capsule endoscopy

Fahad N. Alsunaydih, Jean Michel Redoute, Mehmet R. Yuce

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Conventional radiological and endoscopic techniques utilizing long tubes were ineffective in visualizing the small bowel mucosa until the development of wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE). WCE is a revolutionary endoscopic technology that can diagnose the complete gastrointestinal tract. However, the existing capsule technologies are passive, and thus they cannot be navigated to or held in a specific location. The design of an active capsule will present the opportunity to move and stop a device at any targeted locations leading to numerous medical applications such as drug delivery or collecting tissue samples for examinations in the laboratory. This paper implements a new locomotion methodology for WCE systems using an electromagnetic platform. The platform produces a dynamic electromagnetic field to control the motion of the capsule. The strength and the direction of the electromagnetic field that is generated by the platform are continuously adjusted in order to maintain the equilibrium state during the capsule movement. We present the detailed design of the proposed platform with an experimental setup with polyvinyl chloride tubes and ex vivo to demonstrate the performance of the capsule motion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number180071
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2018


  • capsule locomotion
  • electromagnetic platform
  • equilibrium state
  • Wireless capsule endoscopy

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