Building the Tricorder: The race to create a real-life Star Trek medical scanner

Medical tricoder

Oscar Wilde once said that life imitates art, and science and engineering is often no exception to this. Science fiction certainly provides science types with plenty of inspiration for inventions. In the case of medical technology, the long-running TV and film series Star Trek has increasingly been inspiring researchers worldwide. But how close are we really to developing a Star Trek-style medical tricoder?

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