Researchers from Biomedical Image Technologies (BIT) at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) are working to develop an endoscopic scanner that offers early detection of specific cancers. A miniaturized detector is introduced inside the patient's body and placed close to the organ of interest.

High-speed electronics allow the scanner to measure the time of flight of photons. The photon analysis provides researchers with a precise identification of the origin point where particles are concentrated in the tumor mass, filtering the background noise and sending clear images.

Using a process called multimodal imaging, the scanner combines and merges ultrasounds, which give morphological information of the area of interest and provide metabolic information to identify cancerous cells.

A distributed and asymmetric system manages the large volume of data coming from the endoscopic and abdominal detectors' channels.