Cardiovascular diseases are the №1 cause of death around the world. A lot of people suffer from heart attacks and strokes which are caused by vessel blockages that interrupt normal blood circulation. The most common reason for this is a build-up of fatty deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels which are very tricky to remove due to the primary. However, with the new miniature Leap camera, this problem can be tackled more easily.
In the near future, almost any surgery can be performed with the use of small cameras and other electronic equipment, especially when it comes to surgical interventions on vessels which are very small in diameter. Therefore, the miniaturization of such medical devices is very necessary. And recently, scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed the smallest camera that allows a digital view inside veins and arteries.
About new medical device
Its main difference from all existing analogs (besides the size) is that the image processing is using the chip-on-tip technology. In “standard” endoscopes, the signal is transmitted through wires to the main device, where it is decrypted and converted into an image. In the new camera, Leap, everything you need is located at the end of the endoscope.
The technology was created together with Omnivision, and the prototype of the device has an image size of 400×400 (0.16 megapixels). Though in the final version the resolution can be increased to at least 1600×1600 (and this is 2.6 megapixels, which is very worthy).
Besides, Leap isn’t dependent on the cumbersome technology of the operating room, since the device can be connected to any computer or laptop. Also, in the newer editions, some parts (for example, an optical tube) are disposable which reduces the risk of infection transmission from one person to another in case of poor sterilization.
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