Published Date : Mar 14, 2016
Cameras and microscopes have long been used in the medical fields. Their use has spanned from diagnostics, research and development, to surgical assistance. Seeing that medical cameras and microscopes play such an integral part in healthcare where time and accuracy can decide between life and death, the amount of investments as well as research put into them is justifiable. Here are a few of the latest developments in the global medical camera and microscope market.
Detector Cameras and Microscopes
One of the most phenomenal developments in the way we use medical cameras and microscopes comes from the integration of sophisticated software and computing. Case in point, a handheld microscope that can recognize cancer cells. This device is being developed by a team of engineers from the Seattle-based University of Washington. The research and development is tied with multiple bodies, such as the Stanford University, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The device, on paper, presents a rather revolutionary method of early cancer diagnostics as well as a guiding device for procedures of resecting tumors. This device can successfully cover one of the biggest concerns a surgeon has: knowing whether he or she has completely removed a tumor. Currently, they use whatever tools they have at their disposal, which largely includes their eyes and their experience. This device will give a more accurate way of knowing if the human tissue still contains cancer cells or not.
3D Recorder under Works for Medical Imaging
The University of Michigan plays house to a team of experts that is in the middle of developing a camera that has the capabilities of recording images as well as videos in 3D. The project had received a funding of US$1.20 mn from the W.M. Keck Foundation. In current standards, a 3D camera uses light measurement tools to gauge an object in 3D and recreate its image. Now, this technology, when used with superpowered microscopes, can be used to create accurate 3D images and videos of cells and tissue.