New technology could both (1) improve a now-awkward medical procedure and (2) inspire a more focused re-make of a beloved science fiction movie. The Boston Globe reports:
To see inside the digestive system, doctors have to thread a scope up or down – potentially doing damage along the way – or get their patients to swallow a capsule that tumbles through, uncontrolled, snapping random pictures. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are now developing a “swimming capsule’’ [pictured here] that they hope will combine the best of both approaches: the control of the endoscope with the safety and ease of a pill….
A 1966 film called “Fantastic Voyage” starred Raquel Welch [pictured here]. IMDB sums up the movie’s plot:
A diplomat is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew.
Here’s the promotional trailer for the original movie:
BONUS: If this conjunction of technology and colon-probing strikes you as completely unthinkable, take a look at a September 29, 2009 report in The Register. The headline reads “Suicide bum-blast bombing startles Saudi prince“.