Scientists invent a camera that can measure the size and location of tumors

Scientists Edoardo Chabon and Claudio Brushini looking at a camera chip
(Image credit: © Alain Herzog 2021 EPFL - Mirage News)

A camera capable of detecting the exact size and position of tumors has been developed by two scientists in the US. Edoardo Chabon of EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and Claudio Bruschini of Dartmouth College worked together in the hope the camera will help surgeons remove cancerous cells. 

Edoardo Chabon, head of the Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory at EPFL, invented the camera known as the SwissSPAD2. It was able to capture and count the very smallest form of light particles known as photons, while also being able to generate 3D images and calculate the depth of field. It works by measuring the amount of time it takes for a photon to travel from the camera to an object using a photon-counting pixel sensor and a pulsating laser.

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Hannah Rooke
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Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.