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'Star Trek' Science: How A Medical Tricorder Works [Infographic]

On the Starship Enterprise, Dr. Leonard McCoy uses a hand-held gadget to diagnose his patients. This device is called a tricorder and is capable of telling the doctor about a person’s health just by waving a small scanner around their body. On the show this usually this results in the line “He’s dead Jim,” but in real life, a device such as this would revolutionize the medical industry.
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