Monday, July 9, 2012
UCLA Engineers Create World's Fastest Camera
Engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles have created the world's fatest camera, and are using it to help detect cancer cells and detecting disease, the school said last week. UCLA said that the team at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, led by Bahram Jalali, developed a digital camera able to process 100,000 cells per second in blood samples, approximately 100 times higher than conventional, image-based blood analyzers. Those current analyzers use digital cameras tied to microscopes, but which are too slow for accurately identifying cancer and other rogue cells in blood samples. The team said it believes its new, optical microsocope is sensitive enough to detect rare cell types, such as those present in early-stage or pre-metastasis cancer patients, in a large volume of blood. The group funded the study via a grant from NantWorks--the stealthy incubator and business effort of Los Angeles billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong--and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Image courtesty BigStock.com.