Scientists develop new camera that can see through human body

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Scientists in Scotland have developed a new camera that can see through the human body.

The camera will help doctors track medical tools used to investigate a range of internal conditions, known as endoscopes.

It works by detecting sources of light inside the body – such as the illuminated tip of the endoscope’s tube.

Until now, it has not been possible to track where the kit is without using X-rays or other expensive methods.

The prototype device can track light through up to 20 centimetres of body tissue and record the time taken for light to pass through the body – meaning it can determine the exact location of the endoscope.

Camera: The new device is designed to be used at the patient’s bedside (PA)

Professor Kev Dhaliwal from the University of Edinburgh, which led the project alongside Heriot-Watt University, said the tool has “immense potential” for assisting with treatments that are minimally invasive.

And it has been designed so it can be used at the patient’s bedside for minimum disruption.

The project is part of the Proteus Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration, which is developing new technologies for diagnosing and treating lung diseases.

Dr Michael Tanner, of Heriot-Watt University, said: “My favourite element of this work was the ability to work with clinicians to understand a practical healthcare challenge, and 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.”


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