Updated on 10 October 2014
Millions of people die of skin cancer worldwide
Singapore: Soon early detection of skin cancer will be possible with the new gigapixel camera developed by researchers at the Duke University. The camera is basically a gigapixel whole-body photographic camera that can scan the entire body to spot and diagnose the deadliest from of cancers early.
Mr Daniel Marks, co-author of the study, Duke University, said, "The camera is designed to find lesions, potentially indicating skin cancers on patients at an earlier stage than current skin examination techniques."
Mr Marks explained that only one examination was needed to detect cancer with the gigapixel camera and hence diagnosis will be quicker and cheaper. The quality of the image is also not compromised and hence results are unlikely to be false-positives, thus eliminating further stress on the patient.
Further research has to be done to verify the performance of the camera before it is used on actual patients. However, researchers already have enough preliminary data that boasts of adequate resolution and proper screening to detect skin cancers.
The research is scheduled to be presented at the Optical Society's (OSA) 98th annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona, Oct 19-23.