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Beat skin cancer with your smartphone

Beat skin cancer with your smartphone
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Melanoma is the fifth most common type of cancer in the U.S. and the deadliest. But, it can often be cured if caught early enough.

Seems like a good idea to get screened regularly, doesn't it?

A group of researchers at Duke University agreed. In fact, they even came up with a really unique, painless way. The team actually developed a gigapixel whole-body camera that captures high-resolution images that will allow doctors to quickly and effectively diagnose melanoma.

Gigapixel camera

Don't you just love it when technology provides a great health solution?

This solution did not come without great effort. The gigapixel camera was assembled with 34 microcameras arranged in a dome shape that are synchronized to capture a single image. The result is a photo so detailed that individual freckles can be studied. The dome shape was found ideal to naturally correct photo aberrations that previously existed in experimental camera models.

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