Photonics in Health Care – Application areas
Biophotonics is a new and fast growing discipline in the health care and life sciences industry. Biophotonics studies the interaction between light and human tissue. Using multiband photonic and spectroscopic methods it is able to analyze cells and tissues by the way these living structures absorb, reflect and scatter light. This can be used to diagnose and treat diseases ranging from cancer to strokes and Alzheimer’s.
The benefits of photonics in health care are plentiful. The technology is non-invasive and has no adverse side effects, as it only deploys a light beam for diagnosis and treatment. Medical devices based on photonics technology are small and easy to handle, making the treatment highly portable. Last but not least, the cost of photonics treatment is low.
Researchers have identified several health care fields where biophotonics technology is especially promising: Continue reading “Photonics in Health Care – Application areas”
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has announced that the infrastructure design of the National Healthcare Photonics Centre has officially started. The centre is set to be opened in 2018, subject to full funding approval, and will be located at NETPark, County Durham. Continue reading “National Centre for Healthcare Photonics Project will open in UK”
Tunable lasers comprised of a semiconductor optical amplifier and an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) have benefits for biophotonics applications: wide tuning range, accuracy, stability and reproducibility of the output.
A group from University of Lubeck utilized 840 nm and 930 nm lasers for a full-field OCT imaging of vascular dynamics in human retina. In cooperation with a group from Nicolaus Copernicus University, a 1060 nm AOTF-tunable laser with a narrow linewidth of was utilized in SS-OCT system with extended imaging depth. The imaging system allowed the cross-section image to be obtained with an imaging depth of more than 5 mm.
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