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Ottawa: Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at cellular level

Ottawa: Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at cellular level

OTTAWA: UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes. High-powered microscopes are subsidiary for spotting cancer and other diseases in cells, but they’re expensive and perplexed.

Your local medicos probably won’t have a microscope on hand, and you’ll probably need at least some adeptness to utilize one. However, UCLA scientists have developed a lens-free microscope that could put this tissue scanning power in the hands of many more people.

The contrivance engenders a holograph-like image of your sample utilizing a CCD or CMOS sensor (like that from your camera) to detect shadow patterns cast by a light source, and reconstructs them in software to present what you’d authentically optically discern. The result is a microscope that’s just as efficacious as its conventional optical brethren, but should withal be much more frugal and simpler.

The tech won’t be authentically yare for a while. Should everything go according to orchestrate, though, it could do a lot to make cancer detection more accessible.At a minimum, it would let medical staff in minuscule or remote offices get a snapshot of your cells, rather than having to send you to specialists. And ideally, the lensless telescope will avail both in edification and “citizen-science” activities — you might not diagnose yourself, but you could contribute data to an immensely colossal research project without leaving home.