When will healthcare see the light? The promise of femto-photography...

Dr. Ramesh Raskar's group from the MIT Media Lab is on the cusp of delivering the most promising advances in diagnostic imaging.  In his own words...

Raskar cites numerous potential use cases for femto-photography: enabling cars to peer around corners to avoid collision, helping emergency teams see inside homes (similar applications for military), and diagnostic imaging of the human body.  

What we love about utilizing camera imaging for these purposes is that cameras have proven to have tremendous economies of scale. Embedding Raskar's imaging techniques in ubiquitous objects has great potential to reduce costs of care and revolutionize diagnostics, not just in the US but in developing countries. 

Startups like Azumio have started using the smartphone camera to capture heart rate and other biofeedback.  This is a good start for imaging, but Raskar's work suggests that the next wave of imaging innovation will be able to simulate an X-ray of the body without subjecting the patient to unnecessary and potentially risky radiation. We're excited to see how Raskar and his team move the needle on healthcare.