UCLA Engineers Develop World’s Fastest Cameras To Hunt Down Cancer

University of California-Los Angeles engineers Bahram Jalali and Dino Di Carlo have developed a camera that can take 36.7 million frames per second with a shutter speed of 27 picoseconds. This is the fastest and most sensitive camera in the world as it is 100 times faster than existing optical microscopes. It has a false-positive rate of one in a million. This camera will improve the ability for doctors to diagnose early-stage and pre-metastatic cancer.

The official name for the camera is “automated flow-through single-particle optical microscope.” This new microscope uses STREAM imaging – STEAM stands for serial time-encoded amplified microscopy, which was developed by the same UCLA team in 2009. STEAM fires off laser pulses, which reflect off cells that flow through a micro-fluidic device. The image is amplified and picked up at a high-speed single-pixel photodetector. The image is processed by an FPGA.

The camera can photograph single cells as they flow through a system at four meters per second. Check out the video below:

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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