203: The LIDAR Technology Behind An X-Ray Pill
An Israeli company called Check-Cap has developed a small capsule that after being swallowed, actually performs a colonoscopy. GaN’s small size and high efficiency – compared with silicon – allowed Check-Cap to shrink an X-Ray machine down to a size that could fit into a digestible pill.
The world’s first “Colonoscopy Capsule”: Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of U.S. cancer-related deaths. Americans above age 50 are advised to be screened for it, but 40% don’t get the test because it’s uncomfortable and embarrassing. An Israeli company called Check-Cap has developed a small capsule that after being swallowed, actually performs a colonoscopy.
The product is in the approval phase but 2016 marked a milestone: Check-Cap and GE announced a partnership in August in which GE will manufacture and distribute the capsule.
“Size matters. And a good example is the use of GaN components in an extremely small x-ray machine that fits in the size of a pill. The pill is used to perform colonoscopies. Once ingested images are taken as the pill travels through the digestive track. The digital information from the x-ray device is transmitted wirelessly to a receiver outside the patient’s body for evaluation by a physician. To the patient, it means an easier examination and to the physician, it means higher resolution imaging of the colon. In this application, GaN’s extremely small size and high switching speed are key for powering the x-ray device within the pill.”
I invited Dr. Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion onto the show to talk about the technology that enabled Check-Cap to shrink an X-Ray machine down to a size that could fit into a digestible pill.
From this moment forward, my three Gallium Nitride based podcast interviews with Alex Lidow will be known the GaN trilogy.
- Episode 180 Why Gallium Nitride Is About To Disrupt Silicon
- Episode 203 The LIDAR Technology Behind An X-Ray Pill
- Episode 237 How GaN Enables The Wireless Home