The new chip, designed at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE), uses the tetrahertz spectrum in the electromagnetic field to allow capture of images. The tetrahertz spectrum lies between microwaves and infrared on the electromagnetic spectrum, and has been most notably used in TSA Body Scanners. The waves could allow imaging chips to see through walls, but because of privacy concerns, the team has limited the effective range to about 4 inches.
Ideally, the team would like to see this technology adopted in the medical field for its use in detecting cancer, or possible use in the consumer space in things like construction. The process that the team has created allows for the creation of CMOS chips, pretty standard in consumer electronics, which can use the tetrahertz spectrum. This would greatly lower the cost of creating these types of imagers (TSA Body Scanners are said to cost upwards of $150,000) and placing them in smaller, more mobile devices allow for easier use.
Of course, there have been claims that tetrahertz radiation could possibly destroy human DNA, but the research isn't really complete on that just yet.
source: UT Dallas News Center
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How about one that can give you an MRI just by taking a photo? That would sell by the bucket loads, athletes would love this, check for injuries that haven't revealed themselves like achilles ruptures and such.
posted on Apr 24, 2012, 3:03 PM 0
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If the spectrum were nailed down just right, I'm sure they could get it to penetrate just right in order to image tumors or growths. This could also come in handy for EMTs that arrive on-scene of an injury so they could see the extent of the dammage in order to consider the best possible action to take regarding the injury.
posted on Apr 24, 2012, 3:31 PM 1
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