Scientists from the University of Edinburgh have developed a camera that can view the human body. This camera can help doctors to detect traces of light from the tip of an endoscope and that is used to find out internal condition’s ranges.
Without using expensive techniques or X-rays it was not possible to track the location of the endoscope in the body in order to guide it to the correct place. Rather than passing straight through, the light scatters or bounces off tissues from the body. So it was difficult to get a clear picture of the exact endoscope’s location.
The advantage of this new camera is that it can detect photons which are the individual particles of light and can have an accuracy of 1cm to identify medical device.
The new camera has developed by the researchers to use at the patient’s bedside.
This camera is as sensitive as it can identify the small traces of light that pass through the body’s tissue and can also record the timing of the light.
Dr. Kev Dhaliwal, a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Pulmonary Molecular Imaging and an Honorary Consultant in Respiratory Medical says, “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.”
The Heriot-Watt University’s Dr. Michael Tanner said, “My favorite element of this work was the ability to work with clinicians to understand a practical healthcare challenge, and then tailor advanced technologies principles that would not normally make it out of a physics lab to solve real problems.”
This new project is a part of the Proteus Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration and scientists are now focusing on creating new technologies to diagnose lung diseases.