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Remove a polyp? There’s an app for that!

By packing many tools into one advanced, minimally invasive platform, the MAC offers new capabilities for medical providers and less discomfort for patients undergoing colonoscopy or endoscopy. The robot is one of the initiatives of the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A team of Vanderbilt University surgeons and engineers are here in the “Innovation Showcase” at TEDMed to demonstrate some of the really cool things being developed through the Vanderbilt Initiative for Surgery and Engineering (VISE).

TEDMed (independent of but similar in format to TED: Ideas Worth Sharing) is an annual gathering where creativity meets innovative science. This year’s event has attracted nearly 1,000 leaders in medicine, science, business and technology for three and a half days of insights and off-the record conversations.

Vanderbilt’s team is demonstrating three innovations: the magnetic air capsule (MAC) robot, a soft-tissue image guidance system, and single-port access surgery.

In this video, Pietro Valdastri, Ph.D., who recently joined the faculty from Italy, demonstrates the Magnetic Air Capsule Robot:

And in this short clip, success!

Now it’s your turn. Visit to download the free app for iPhone and iPad from the iTunes store. Can guide the MAC robot to find life-threatening diseases? Let us know how you did!

Originally published on Get the NAC.

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