“See-Through” Camera Could Replace X-Rays – Bold Business

Scientists have invented a new camera that can see inside and through the human body without having to use x-rays. The device will be used to aid doctors through medical procedures like endoscopes and help them to track equipment during operations.

Dr. Michael Tanner of Heriot-Watt University said that his favorite element of the work was to collaborate with clinicians to understand a practical healthcare challenge, then “tailor-advanced technologies and principles that would not normally make it out of a physics lab to solve real problems.”

According to a report by British news source Metro, the camera detects light within the body rather than using expensive x-ray procedures which could be harmful to humans in large amounts. The new device is also much less expensive to produce and is relatively mobile to use between departments.

The device was created and tested by scientists at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. and is part of the Proteus Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration, which is developing a range of new technologies for diagnosing and treating lung diseases. Not only can it be used to help treat lung diseases but can also be applied to other areas of the healthcare profession.

“It has immense potential for diverse applications such as the one described in this work,” said Professor Kev Dhaliwal of the University of Edinburgh.

“The ability to see a device’s location is crucial for many applications in healthcare, as we move forwards with minimally invasive approaches to treating disease,” he added.

The team’s prototype can track a light source through “20 centimeters of tissue under normal conditions and can detect individual particles, called photons.” The camera can also detect the time taken for light to pass through the body, meaning it is able to work out exactly where the endoscope is.

guy looking through a body without xrays.

Dr. Michael Tanner of Heriot-Watt University said that his favorite element of the work was to collaborate with clinicians to understand a practical healthcare challenge, then “tailor-advanced technologies and principles that would not normally make it out of a physics lab to solve real problems.”

“I hope we can continue this interdisciplinary approach to make a real difference in healthcare technology,” he added.

The team’s research has been published in the Biomedical Optics Express journal and is being applauded throughout the science and medical fields for its groundbreaking research and development.

The findings will come as welcomed news to the likes of the American Cancer Society. They state that “X-rays and gamma rays can cause a number of other problems besides cancer. What problems occur depend upon the radiation dose, the timing of the exposure, and what areas of the body are exposed.”

Devices like the see-through camera will most certainly make a bold impact on the healthcare industry and aid those undertaking or going through difficult medical procedures. Not only will it provide a cheaper but safer way for medical professionals to monitor the human body during surgical procedures but can also be used to detect problems inside the body during examinations.

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