The device created by the research team led by Dr. Sarah Bugby, of the Loughborough University School of Science
A new gamma-ray camera could be of great help in speeding up cancer diagnosis according to a study that appeared in Physics in Medicine & Biology made by researcher Sarah Bugby, of the Loughborough University School of Science.
According to the statement on the Loughborough website, the device the size of a hairdryer and is therefore easily transportable. The device, called Hybrid Gamma Camera (HGC), refers to a previous device, called HGC 2D, already developed by researchers at the University of Leicester and Nottingham, a project in which Bugby herself had participated.
The device is based on a method that astronomers use very often to calculate the great distances of cosmic objects: it takes two images from two slightly different angles to determine the precise position of the point to observe. The new device, compared to similar devices, provides information in 3D rather than 2D: “By combining gamma and optical imaging, this 3D information will tell the user where and how deep a radioactivity source is within a particular material ”, explains the researcher who talks about uses in radio-guided surgery and in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. However, the device, according to the same researcher, could also be used in the nuclear industry.