Would you trust a robot with your colonoscopy? Scientists invent a mechanical arm that uses a probe and a MAGNET to check for colorectal cancer in ‘less painful’ procedure

An AI-powered robotic arm can perform ‘less painful’ colonoscopies to check for bowel cancer by using a magnet to externally steer a camera probe through the gut.

The system — from a team led from Leeds — could prove to be the first major update in decades to the procedure, which is used some 100,000 times each year in the UK.

In a colonoscopy, a long, thin, camera-ended probe is passed through the rectum and colon to hunt for and remove abnormalities and take tissue samples.

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