Design and Validation of a Biosensor Implantation Capsule Robot

Wanchuan Xie, Weston M. Lewis, Jared Kaser, C. Ross Welch, Pengbo Li, Carl A. Nelson, Vishal Kothari, Benjamin S. Terry

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

14 Scopus citations


We have proposed a long-term, noninvasive, nonrestrictive method of delivering and implanting a biosensor within the body via a swallowable implantation capsule robot (ICR). The design and preliminary validation of the ICR's primary subsystem - the sensor deployment system - is discussed and evidence is provided for major design choices. The purpose of the sensor deployment system is to adhere a small biosensor to the mucosa of the intestine long-term, and the modality was inspired by tapeworms and other organisms that employ a strategy of mechanical adhesion to soft tissue via the combined use of hooks or needles and suckers. Testing was performed to refine the design of the suction and needle attachment as well as the sensor ejection features of the ICR. An experiment was conducted in which needle sharpness, needle length, and vacuum volume were varied, and no statistically significant difference was observed. Finally, preliminary testing, coupled with prior work within a live porcine model, provided evidence that this is a promising approach for implanting a biosensor within the small intestine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number081003
JournalJournal of Biomechanical Engineering
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Physiology (medical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Design and Validation of a Biosensor Implantation Capsule Robot'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this