Scientists Invent a Camera That Can See Through You

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Over the last hundred and fifty years, scientists have developed ways to see what's going on on the inside of a human body whether it's X-Ray, MRI, CAT Scan, Pet Scan, Nuclear Medicine, you name it, they've got it. But all of those come with limitations. Usually light or rays or whatever the device is using bounces off the body and can make through-tissue imaging practical impossible. Enter Proteus and their amazing new device that works in conjunction with a traditional endoscope to see through human tissue in a live fashion that's never been done before. 

Proteus is a major EPSRC funded "Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration" (IRC) from the UK. Working directly for Proteus are some 18 postdoctoral researchers and 20 PhD students across 10 research groups. This team of internationally recognised researchers and academics hailing from the Universities of Edinburgh, Bath and Heriot Watt, have been brought together to work towards the common goal of revolutionising how lung diseases are diagnosed and managed within the Intensive Care environment, where patients are most at risk of respiratory failure and bedside care is critical.

Proteus' world-class standing in fibre optic research, sensing and imaging, signal processing, and clinical care has resulted in the design of a fully integrated system that will provide the necessary rapid and accurate diagnosis of bacterial infection.

Their breakthrough camera is a two part device that's designed to work with a modified endoscope. An endoscope is that long tube camera they stick down your throat to check out your stomach and make sure your digestive system is working. Those cameras emit light and then on the outside of your body, they have one of these.

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This camera uses ballistic imaging to capture the light bouncing around inside the human body from the endoscope. Photon detectors inside the camera allow it to detect light sources behind as much as 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) of bodily tissue.

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The beauty of this camera is it's instant. You can see the results live, they can record to video or move the camera around to get exactly what they're looking for. Most scans today take a few minutes but then often days to be interpreted by doctors. This could very well end up being the same thing, but as there's an endoscope involved, you'll need a doctor there to perform the procedure, which might make it faster to not only get the results but to have them interpreted to you.