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NASA Develops 3-D Camera for Your Brain

posted: 08/28/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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When it comes to brain surgery, details make all the difference.

Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed a groundbreaking camera that brings those oh-so-important details into even clearer focus. Among the world's smallest 3-D cameras, the laboratory's Multi Angle Rear Viewing Endoscopic tooL (MARVEL) is capable of producing 3-D imagery from inside the brain.

"MARVEL's camera has two apertures -- akin to the pupil of the eye -- each with its own color filter. Each filter transmits distinct wavelengths of red, green and blue light, while blocking the bands to which the other filter is sensitive. The system includes a light source that produces all six colors of light to which the filters are attuned. Images from each of the two sets are then merged to create the 3-D effect," NASA explains in a news release.

Only 0.2 inches thick, MARVEL is attached to a maneuverable neck that can be inserted into the brain without the removal of large sections of the skull, saving both time and money.

The camera could be deployed to space in the future, accompanying exploratory robots to other planets and producing three-dimensional imagery of foreign celestial bodies.

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