Scientific development of a camera to see through the human body

THE UK Evening Standard newspaper of 4 September 2017 gave exciting news of a scientific development of a camera capable of seeing through the human body.
Quoting the newspaper article it said:-
“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.
“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.
Yours sincerely
Frank Short

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