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Endless scope for camera that sees through the body

Endless scope for camera that sees through the body”

A scientist of India leads a team at UK University to create medical camera that can see through your body. This device has been created to help doctors keep track of medical instruments, called endoscopes, during the internal reviews.

Until now, it has not been possible to track where an endoscope is located in the body in order to guide it to the right place without using X-rays or other expensive methods. The report mentions that light beams from the endoscope are strong enough to pass through the body, but it gets scattered by organs and other tissues, making it hard for surgeons to identify the exact location of the scopes at a glance. According to the study, this will make doctors' work much easier. It was made close by Heriot-Watt University.

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Prof Kev Dhaliwal, of the University of Edinburgh, said: "It has enormous potential for diverse applications, such as the one described in this work".

Endoscopes are used in typical medical check ups - as throat or nose examinations -, but also at ongoing operations. The camera that the team from the University of Edinburgh have developed searches for light sources from inside the body like the tip of an endoscope that provides light for the scope.

The new camera detects tiny particles of light, known as photons. An innovation introduced in Biomedical Optics Express could revolutionize medical imaging techniques. This construct is similar to what is found in a digital camera. However, this tripod mounted camera has a pulsed laser source and can be used in an environment with or without fluorescent room lights. This camera has been designed so that it can be located on the edge of the bed of the patient. It can even record the time taken for light to pass through the body, which allows the device to also detect the scattered light.

Proteus is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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".

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