The birth of the human body’s “Google Maps”
For years now technology allows us to learn of and travel de distance separating point A from point B. Our residence, workplace, a restaurant and a medical center constitute the usual ‘points’. But, what would happen if instead of traveling through the streets of a city this ‘virtual’ trip were taken, for example, inside a knee? The result would be a type of ‘Google Maps’ in which the map, no matter how incredible is may seem, would be the human body itself.
That is precisely the name with which the new technology developed by the German company Zeiss and implemented, among others, by a team of researchers from the University of South New Wales (Australia), headed by Knothe Tate, was christened. The ‘Human body Google Maps’ uses algorithms similar to those used by the famous search engine to enable zooming in on a specific point, for example. Thanks to this, from the bone fractures to the blood vessel connections can be observed.
“For the first time we are able to travel through the body to the cell level to learn how it is nourished and how the entire system is connected”, Tate explains in the video presentation launched by the Australian University. “This could open the door to new therapies and forms of prevention”, he added.