This is an enabling technology that allows us to see through the human body. It has immense potential for diverse applications such as the one described in this work,” said Kev Dhaliwal, Professor at University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
“The ability to see a device’s location is crucial for many applications in healthcare, as we move forwards with minimally invasive approaches to treating disease,” Dhaliwal added.
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
Light from the endoscope can pass through the body, but it usually scatters or bounces off tissues and organs rather than travelling straight through.
This makes it nearly impossible to get a clear picture of where the endoscope is.
The new camera takes advantage of advanced technology that can detect individual particles of light, called photons.
Experts have integrated thousands of single photon detectors onto a silicon chip, similar to that found in a digital camera.