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The mosaic filter can be paired with standard digital camera sensor chips to produce a cheap advanced multi-spectrum scanner.  (Source: Georgia Tech’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA))

The new tech allows cheap "tricorder"-like handheld multispectral scanners that analyze injury.  (Source: Georgia Tech’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA))
Star Trek technology yet again actualizes in the real world

A new portable imaging tool, which held over the patient's skin, allows quick and unobtrusive scanning of tissues.  The device bears an unmistakable resemblances to the palm sized medical scanners known as "tricorders" in the Star Trek science-fiction universe.  And like many other Star Trek technologies that seemed far out at the time like voice recognition software and positron beams, the device has been realized in the real world.

The new, wallet-sized scanner, developed by researchers at Georgia Tech, uses something called a narrowband filter mosaic.  The mosaic includes photosensitive pixel sensors that observe different wavelengths, allowing for multispectral imaging.  The filter mosaic improves the use and functionality of medical scanning techniques, allowing for subsurface characterization.

Normally cuts, bruises, and erythema are hard to diagnose in severity, particularly for untrained personnel.  Lighting and skin color can skew results even for the trained eye.   The new device will allow even untrained personnel to assess the severity of an injury.

Other applications of the filtering technology used in the scanner would be military imaging/target classing, manufacturing quality inspections, food contamination examinations, remote sensing for mining, and atmospheric monitoring.  In the medical field they hold promise for diagnosing early stage cancers and tumors.

The new technology was pioneered by the Georgia Tech’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA).  The tech will first be put to use in diagnosing and preventing pressure ulcers.  Victims of paralysis or other conditions that render the body immobile often suffer from these severe secondary afflictions.  Early pressure ulcers begin with erythema (broke capillaries) which the scanner detects.  Medicare spending on pressure ulcer treatment is conservatively estimated to account for $1.34B USD annually.

The scanner could also be used to detect bruise early to help catch abuse cases.

The filter mosaic can also be laminated with digital camera sensor chips.  The CATEA researchers have filed for a patent and are exploring commercialization options.

With the low cost involved, the field of multispectral imaging may finally start to see commercial interest soon.  Says Dr. Stephen Sprigle, director of CATEA and professor of industrial design and human physiology, "Although multispectral imaging has matured into a technology with applications in many fields, clinicians and practitioners in these fields have generally stayed away from it due to extremely high costs and lack of portability.  Now, the possibilities are plentiful."

Perhaps before long you might see one of these tricorder-like devices in a medical office you visit.

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"I just *love* scanning for life forms!"
By Brandon Hill on 5/21/2008 6:12:51 PM , Rating: 5
"Life forms! You tiny little life forms! You precious little life forms! Where are you? "

RE: "I just *love* scanning for life forms!"
By edpsx on 5/21/2008 6:36:08 PM , Rating: 2
Its Mr. Tricorder! I love that part!

RE: "I just *love* scanning for life forms!"
By edpsx on 5/21/2008 6:38:18 PM , Rating: 5
RE: "I just *love* scanning for life forms!"
By Brandon Hill on 5/21/2008 6:40:28 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, gotta love YouTube. They have everything.

By Ringold on 5/22/2008 4:32:41 AM , Rating: 2
I couldn't resist clicking the Star Trek Sex video;

Want a buzz kill? Just watch the first part.

Beyond that, it reminds me of my hope that Wesley Crusher gets bent over a barrel by a Klingon.

RE: "I just *love* scanning for life forms!"
By Screwballl on 5/21/2008 6:38:41 PM , Rating: 2
that was a great episode

RE: "I just *love* scanning for life forms!"
By Brandon Hill on 5/21/2008 6:40:01 PM , Rating: 4
That's actually from "Star Trek: Generations" ;)

By i3arracuda on 5/22/2008 8:42:56 AM , Rating: 2
And the picture of Spock is from "Miri"!


By Joz on 5/21/2008 8:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
+1 for epic use of star trek quote.

RE: "I just *love* scanning for life forms!"
By Hydrofirex on 5/21/2008 9:53:17 PM , Rating: 3
Indeed, excellent call on the qoute.

And Kudos to Daily tech for the picture. It always makes my day to see a Star Trek pic up on an article here, and data is always my favorite.

Brent Spiner is the man .


By Treckin on 5/21/2008 10:43:24 PM , Rating: 5
the android

By cmontyburns on 5/21/2008 11:30:53 PM , Rating: 3
"... Set FACES on Stun!!!"

aye, commander...

RE: "I just *love* scanning for life forms!"
By Macelind on 5/22/2008 10:49:04 AM , Rating: 4
With gas prices the way they are, I hope the freakin' transporter is next!

By ViroMan on 5/23/2008 8:58:10 AM , Rating: 2
Well then, we better find dilithium fast and learn how to use it. First its intergalactic travel, then transporters.

Know your trek! Live the trek!

Datas' Emotion Chip, Sicorder.
By xxeonn on 5/21/2008 6:21:21 PM , Rating: 2
When would I be able to get my emotion chip. Data seems to be having a lot of fun with that tricorder!!!

That being said, this device would actualy be a "sicorder" as it on can only analyse light. A tru tricorder would be able to analyse light, radio and sound.

Thats my guess by the way.

RE: Datas' Emotion Chip, Sicorder.
By ZipSpeed on 5/21/2008 6:35:02 PM , Rating: 4
Tricorders could be a very valuable tool for civilian and military medics if the technology advances.

When would I be able to get my emotion chip.

The PS2 says hi!

By Hydrofirex on 5/21/2008 10:00:02 PM , Rating: 2
Nice. Do you envy the PS3 for shedding it's emotion chip when it needed too?


By ZaethDekar on 5/21/2008 6:38:07 PM , Rating: 2
That would be true. However we do have stuff that can check sound... so with some heavy duty duct time we can get a bicorder haha... oohh. I need to get out more. Or a recorder, just don't give it to the un-experienced.

What's the good word?
By GTaudiophile on 5/21/2008 9:53:49 PM , Rating: 3


RE: What's the good word?
By ChuckDriver on 5/22/2008 10:29:24 AM , Rating: 2

Sounds great...
By NateMan on 5/21/2008 8:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
Now wheres my phaser?

RE: Sounds great...
By snownpaint on 5/22/2008 9:59:55 AM , Rating: 2
Check out this phaser. PS3 Phaser.

By root mean sq on 5/22/2008 9:52:16 AM , Rating: 2
just a quick question:

why isn't "x-ray" specs on the list of applications for this technology?

talk about seeing inner beauty, giggedy giggedy!

RE: applications
By 325hhee on 5/22/2008 11:28:36 AM , Rating: 2
why isn't "x-ray" specs on the list of applications for this technology?

It seems like medical research are trying to move away from X-Rays, as they are very harmful when used in large quantities. Researchers are using less harmful rays these days, even my dental office use digital scanning to find those pesky cavities. The radiation it emits from that is only 25% of what traditional X-ray uses. Though still harmful in large usage. It's not as bad.

By 4wardtristan on 5/21/2008 6:27:04 PM , Rating: 2
dunno about any one else but i got quite a laugh outta that pic of Data

For the operation of the device
By FITCamaro on 5/22/2008 8:09:59 AM , Rating: 2
When it's scanning, they should make the device make the same sound as early Star Trek tricorders did when in use.

By markhahn on 5/22/2008 9:58:55 AM , Rating: 2
uh, that's just a normal digital camera, no? the mosaic looks like a standard bayer filter. treating RAW images as multispectral is interesting but not really surprising - or are they using filters that are significantly different in some way?

TNG Tricorder
By pxavierperez on 5/22/2008 12:30:09 PM , Rating: 2
But weren't the Tricorders used to heal certain wounds too? I think i saw that once in an episode of Star Trek TNG.

By b2386 on 5/21/08, Rating: -1
RE: first
By PWNettle on 5/21/08, Rating: 0
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