Scientists have created an ultra-thin endoscope for blood vessels
Researchers have developed an endoscope so thin it can be used to visualize blood vessels in mice.
Using a 3D printer, a team of scientists from the University of Adelaide and the University of Stuttgart printed complex camera lenses at the end of an optical fiber thinner than a human hair. Although the lenses are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye, they are of very high quality..
According to the team, the thickness of the endoscope in the protective sleeve does not exceed 0.5 mm, making it the thinnest such device to date. Small size and high-quality lenses allow doctors to observe the formation and development of cholesterol plaques from within the vessels, helping to study the underlying factors of various diseases.
In the future, the device will help to improve diagnostics, understanding the causes of heart and blood vessel diseases, and therefore, methods of their treatment and prevention..
We also previously reported on the development of a new non-invasive route of administration drugs through the skin.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: University of Stuttgart