Project Focus

Our research in GI tissue mechanics has focused on characterizing the mechanical tissue properties of the GI tract and modeling how robotic capsule endoscope interact with these tissues. These efforts have included benchtop, animal and human in vivo measurements. Outcomes from this research will help medical device designer develop more effective tools for improved procedure outcomes. Project funding and recent peer-reviewed papers are listed below.

Migrating Motor Complex Force Sensor (MFS) Human TrialIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, May, 2016. (AbstractPDF)

ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (2011): Preliminary Mechanical Characterization of the Small Bowel for In vivo Robotic Mobility

Abstract: In this work we present test methods, devices, and preliminary results for the mechanical characterization of the small bowel for intra luminal robotic mobility. Both active and passive forces that affect mobility are investigated. Four investigative devices and testing methods to characterize the active and passive forces are presented...