Intestinal biomechanics simulator for robotic capsule endoscope validation

Piotr R. Slawinski, Dmitry Oleynikov, Benjamin S. Terry

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This work describes the development and validation of a novel device which simulates important forces experienced by Robotic Capsule Endoscopes (RCE) in vivo in the small intestine. The purpose of the device is to expedite and lower the cost of RCE development. Currently, there is no accurate in vitro test method nor apparatus to validate new RCE designs; therefore, RCEs are tested in vivo at a cost of ∼$1400 per swine test. The authors have developed an in vitro RCE testing device which generates two peristaltic waves to accurately simulate the two biomechanical actions of the human small intestine that are most relevant to RCE locomotion: traction force and contact force. The device was successfully calibrated to match human physiological ranges for traction force (4-40 gf), contact force (80-500 gf) and peristaltic wave propagation speed (0.08-2 cm s-1) for a common RCE capsule geometry of 3.5 cm length and 1.5 cm diameter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Engineering and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Biosensing
  • Intestinal biomechanics
  • Robotic capsule endoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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