Beauty Is On The Inside? Discover Yours With New Mini Camera
Last year Michael Mosley swallowed a camera to broadcast the inside of his stomach, live on BBC, and now a much more advanced "camera" has been developed that promises to send 3D images of the inside of your arteries.
When you undergo a heart stenting procedure on a blocked artery, technicians use grainy 2D images to determine the pathway the guidewire will take through your artery, from the small incision in your leg, to the blockage itself.
It's no surprise then that this invention was sparked by a conversation between two brothers, one of whom is a cardiologist, who wanted to see in front and behind of the guidewire when it was on it's way through the venous system.
It consists of a single chip that has the capacity to create and transmit ultrasound and echography images. The device is donut shaped, measuring just 1.5mm in diameter, with a 430-micron center hole to fit a guidewire.
Not yet in animal trials, it will be some time before we will see this in a surgical theatre, but hopes are high that this camera will be able to provide unique information about the state of your arteries and heart, making heart procedures more efficient and more accessible to a wider variety of patients.
Like any invention so early in its development, this is just one potential application of such a device, and a financially viable one to start with. In the future, it could be placed on the tip of a scalpel blade to enable surgeons to make more precise incisions, or placed inside your cast when you break your arm, to take images within to assess when the cast is ready to be removed.
I'm guessing this will be one of those devices other companies will be dying to replicate.
It just reminds me of the movie, Fantastic Voyage, where a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into a persons blood stream. We are almost there! Now we just need to invent a way to shrink people...