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Design of a Stiffness-Adjustable Endoscope


R. Caminada

Master Thesis, FS14 (10342)

Conventional colonoscopy is a widely used method for colorectal cancer screening. In order to examine the inside of the intestine an endoscope is inserted through the rectum and advanced through the colon. This is a complex procedure that can cause difficulties for surgeons and discomfort to patients. This work focuses on improving colonoscopy in terms of easiness of the procedure and reduction of patient discomfort. We propose the concept of independent rigidity control for different segments of an endoscope combined with magnetic tip steering. The design of an endoscope with such properties is presented here and a prototype has been built according to it. Furthermore, some experiments have been done to indicate the opportunities that this concept offers and to motivate its use as a medical device.


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(12)Diploma/Master Thesis

J. Lygeros

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@PhdThesis { Xxx:2014:IFA_5043
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