Scientists have developed a camera that can see through the human body. The new camera works by detecting light sources inside the body, such as the illuminated tip of the endoscope’s long flexible tube.
The project – led by the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University – is part of the Proteus Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration, which is developing a range of new technologies for diagnosing and treating lung diseases.
The device has been designed to help doctors track medical tools, known as endoscopes, during internal examinations.
Early tests have shown the prototype device can track a point light source through 20cm of tissue under normal conditions. Beams from the endoscope can pass through the body, but usually scatter or bounce off tissues and organs rather than travelling straight through.
It can also record the time taken for light to pass through the body, meaning the device is able to work out exactly where the endoscope is. Researchers have developed the new camera so it can be used at the patient’s bedside.
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