Researchers at Duke University have developed a 250-gigapixel camera that takes high-resolution photos of the human body to detect skin cancer.
The camera is actually 34 cameras in one and allows the researchers to image the skin down to a freckle.
"The camera is designed to find lesions potentially indicating skin cancers on patients at an earlier stage than current skin examination techniques," said Daniel Marks, Associate Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke. "Normally a dermatologist examines either a small region of the skin at high resolution or a large region at low resolution, but a gigapixel image doesn't require a compromise between the two."
The resolution of high-quality dermatoscopes is still better, but this camera allows for a larger imaging area than a dermatoscope and it could be used for telemedicine.
The camera will have to prove itself in clinical trials before it is available for common medical use.