Health care industry is indeed one of key beneficiaries of modern advances in technology. New inventions often help the industry grow richer and extremely inexpensive as well. A new microscopic diagnostic probe to view and capture 3D images of underneath parts of tissues is a recent example. Developed by a team of enthusiastic researchers funded by NanoLite Systems, the new technology will hugely help doctors diagnose oral cancer in its early stages.
The microscopic diagnostic probe system utilizes a laser to light up the suspected area of tissues and to capture 3D images of its internal parts. The technology captures a set of images and piles them on top of each other. The process is similar to tiling mosaic on a floor, the researchers exemplify. The major element of the probe is micromirror. Well, it is the same technology we are familiar with barcode scanners. A microelectromechanical system works behind the process to allow the laser beam to scrutinize a particular part of tissues.
Needless to say, it has been a Herculean task to diagnose oral cancer through the traditional method of biopsy. Doctors need to make a visual inspection to spot the area where the caner is doubted to have affected. Later, sample of the tissue will be taken and it needs to be analyzed by a pathologist under a microscope check. Yes, the overall process will take several weeks to finish.
It is here the new microscopic diagnostic probe will come to the assistance of doctors. It is a way to detect oral cancers as long as the inspection is underway, says Dr John Zhang of the University of Texas at Austin. Indeed, instant detection of cancer cells will end up things in easy treatment and rapid healing.