Engineers develop a ‘magnetic tentacle robot’ to pass into the narrow tubes of the lung

A life-size model of part of a bronchial tree built from anatomical data. A section of the magnetic tentacle robot is seen on the right. Image courtesy: University of Leeds. Credit: University of Leeds

Engineers and scientists have developed proof of concept for a robot that can reach some of the smallest bronchial tubes in the lungs to take tissue samples or deliver cancer therapy.

Known as a magnetic tentacle robot, it measures just 2 millimeters in diameter, about twice the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen.
Magnets on the outside of the patient will be used to guide …
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