Technology Tiny camera helps close the shutters on heart disease

Tiny camera helps close the shutters on heart disease

You’ve probably never thought about taking a selfie inside your blood vessels, but now you can!

Researchers at The University of Adelaide and Monash University have used 3D micro-printing to develop the world’s smallest scope with an even smaller lens attached to one end.

The tiny probe, no thicker than a human hair, can be inserted into blood vessels to take 3D images which can be used by scientists to better understand the causes of heart disease.

The lens is so small it can’t be seen with the naked eye.

The University of Adelaide’s Dr Jiawen Li says cardiovascular disease kills one person every 19 minutes in Australia.

“A major factor in heart disease is the plaques, made up of fats, cholesterol and other substances that build up in the vessel walls,” she said.

“Miniaturised endoscopes, which act like tiny cameras, allow doctors to see how these plaques form and explore new ways to treat them.”

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