An edible sensor has been developed that will be helping doctors to detect the tract disorders in digestive system. A team of researchers from the Brigham, MIT and Women’s Hospital has created this ingestible device that will be rolled-up and put in to the capsules and then devoured. Once after the capsule is ingested, it will dissolve and attach to a wall of the stomach. Then it will monitor the digestive tract’s movements.
The new sensor experimented with testing it on the pigs by the researchers, after which the team claimed that the sensor remained active in the subject’s stomach for nearly two days. The data related to the voltage transmitted via the external cables. All the findings from that demonstration are published in the Nature Biomedical Engineering journal.
The new edible sensor is made up of the piezoelectric materials that generate voltage and current when they go deformed out of the shape. The sensor also has polymers to imitate the human skin elasticity, which allows it to stretch and flex.
The polymers in the sensor are that much robust to make it survive for around two days while gastrointestinal is tested. Such edible sensors in the future may not need even the batteries and to rely on the human body motion.
A researcher from the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Giovanni Traverso, who is a leading author of the stated paper press release that was published on the website of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, stated that, Having flexibility has the potential to impact significantly improved safety, simply because it makes it easier to transit through the GI tract. Having a window into what an individual is actually ingesting at home is helpful, because sometimes it’s difficult for patients to really benchmark themselves and know how much is being consumed.”