Cancer cells detected using $400 digital camera - In healthy tissue (left), the nuclei are small and widely spaced. The nuclei of cancer cells (right) are abnormally large and close together (Image: D. Shin/Rice University)
Researchers have detected oral cancer cells using a fiber-optic cable and an off-the-shelf Olympus E-330 camera worth $400. The work by Rice University biomedical engineers and researchers from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center could improve access to diagnostic imaging tools in many parts of the world where these expensive resources are scarce.