Researchers are developing a camera that could revolutionize investigations in the future
Until now, doctors had to use expensive and cumbersome methods, such as X-rays, to look into the human body. Researchers have now succeeded in developing a camera that can see through the human body, so to speak.
The scientists at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University have developed a camera that can see through the human body. The device was designed to make it easier for doctors to keep track of the endoscope used during operations and internal examinations and to keep a better eye on it. The experts publish a press release on the results of their study.
Camera has enormous potential for a variety of applications
The new camera works by detecting light sources in the body, such as the illuminated tip of the long tube on the endoscope. The camera has enormous potential for diverse applications, explains Professor Kev Dhaliwal from the University of Edinburgh. The ability to see the location of a device is critical to many healthcare applications because we are moving forward with only minimally invasive approaches to treating diseases, the expert adds.
Camera still recognizes light sources through 20 cm thick tissue
Early tests to date have shown that the prototype camera can track a point light source through 20cm thick tissue under normal conditions. Rays from the endoscope can get through the body, but the rays usually scatter or bounce off the tissues and organs, the researchers explain. This makes it very difficult for medical professionals to understand where the tool used is at the moment.
Sensitive cameras can recognize photons
The new camera can detect individual particles, so-called photons, and is so sensitive that it can capture tiny traces of light through the tissue. The device is also able to record the time it takes for the light to pass through the body. So the newly developed camera can also determine exactly where the endoscope is currently located, say the doctors.
The camera can be used directly on the patient's bed
The camera was developed by the scientists so that it can also be used directly on the patient's bed. The research work, which was carried out by the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University, is part of the so-called Proteus Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration. This cooperation develops a number of new technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases.
Experts wanted to develop tailor-made advanced technologies for the treatment of patients
“My favorite element of this research was the ability to work with medical professionals to better understand a practical healthcare challenge, and then develop bespoke advanced technologies and principles that would not normally make it out of the physics labs and therefore not to treat real health Problems can be used, ”explains Dr. Michael Tanner from Heriot-Watt University. (as)