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Photonics & lasers in healthcare and medicine

Just a few examples on using photonics in healthcare. Applications are endless!
  • Light-based therapy, for example phototherapy for dermatological conditions, photodynamic therapy etc.
  • Laser procedures in ophthalmology, for example correction of near- and far-sightedness in vision, photorefractive keratectomy
  • General surgery such as endovascular surgery and gastro intestinal surgery
  • Oncology - laser treatments (excluding in-vivo imaging)
  • Manufacture of medical devices, for example stents and catheters
  • Genomic research and drug discovery
  • Microbiology (viral and bacterial analysis), sterilisation using light sources
  • Novel biomedical materials that change their properties after light treatment
  • In-vitro diagnostics, for example using optical microscopy and spectroscopy for cell-based studies to identify diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • In-vivo imaging techniques, such as X-Ray, MRI, CT, PET, photoacoustic imaging and OCT

Painless laser tooth pulp vitality check by analysing the blood flow inside the tooth. 

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Non-invasive treatment for brain tumours with Cyberknife system which works by delivering beams of high dose radiation to tumours with extreme accuracy.
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