Fastest Camera Ever Made Catches Cells in Action to Catch Cancer
That’s a mouth full. This camera is cool. Cells catching cancer is even cooler. I like the idea of something kicking the shit out of cancer and it being caught on video. Now that’s a fight video I wouldn’t miss.
What the hell is a picosecond?
source Popular Science
The fastest camera ever made can automatically count individual cells, processing millions of images continuously and doing it 100 times faster than existing light microscopes. This super-fast imaging system could potentially detect cancer cells lurking in millions of healthy cells, and could lead to speedier diagnosis of disease.
Engineers at UCLA mashed up several technologies to build this new camera, which uses a method known as STEAM: serial time-encoded amplified microscopy. It can take 36.7 million frames per second with a shutter speed of 27 picoseconds. It’s sensitive to one part per million in real time, capturing cells moving at 9 mph. It can process 100,000 cells per second.
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