NaviCam capsule endoscope system
The NaviCam capsule endoscope system, independently developed by China, is the first magnetically and precisely gastric capsule endoscope robot in the world. NaviCam recieved approval from the China Food and Drug Administration in January 2013.
Equipment of NaviCam capsule endoscop system.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
This medical capsule robot combines cutting-edge technologies, such as sensors, optical imaging, imaging processing, wireless communications and device packaging. The precise control and positioning functions ensure a complete examination of the stomach.
The robot weighs less than 5 grams and looks like a medicine capsule so patients can swallow it with water, which promises a painless, noninvasive and infection-free experience. The robot takes photos automatically as it passed through the body and is expelled through a bowel movement. There is no adverse reaction and patients do not require anesthesia.
The check procedure chart in applying NaviCam capsule endoscop system.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The patented positioning and 5-dimensional active magnetic control technologies can also diagnose both intestinal and gastric diseases.
China is a one of the countries with highest incidence of gastric cancer. The capsule endoscope system provides a more effective early screening tool for gastric and digestive diseases. It will much more improve the cure rate of gastric cancer through earlier diagnosis and treatment.
The system has already been widely used in dozens of hospitals and medical centers across China, including Beijing Union Medical College Hospital, the General Hospital of the People’s Liberation Army and Shanghai Renji Hospital.
Moreover, an assembly line with annual output of 1 million capsule robots and 1,000 control devices will go into operation by the end of 2016 in Shanghai. Its sales revenue is estimated to be 4 million yuan ($608 million).