The creater of this new device Manu Prakash, a bioengineering professor at Stanford came up with the idea after a visit to India. The doctor visited a clinic and viewed photos of mouth lesions that were so advanced they were inoperable. Researchers are hopeful these devices could be used in remote areas of the world where dental checkups are not commonplace.
The device which is named OScan attaches to a smartphone camera, it is placed into a persons mouth, a panoramic picture is taken of the entire mouth and the photos can be viewed by a physician anywhere in the world. Although the device is still in the testing stages it has already won two major awards in the medical field.