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Latest Issue
Sep 2018

Imaging Combo Enhances Disease ID, Treatment

JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR, justine.murphy@photonics.com
Early detection and diagnosis of cancer and other such ailments, including cardiovascular diseases, can make all the difference in treating them quickly and successfully. In some cases, it could actually mean life or death for a patient. Seeing into the body and visualizing samples can aid disease discovery and make subsequent treatment more effective.

Justine MurphyClinicians have historically had to rely on x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, PET scans, and other similar technologies for disease detection and possible treatment options. But times are changing. Fluorescence imaging and sensing, combined with ever-developing microscopy techniques, are emerging as effective tools for detecting and identifying disease, and showing promise for ultimately better treatment options.

In our cover story, Jasper Bosch, a development engineer at Lambert Instruments, examines the progress being made with fluorescence imaging and sensing techniques. They’re getting a boost from advancing microscopy methods, as well, by combining light sheet fluorescence microscopy with super-slow-motion imaging, for example. Processes such as this make possible the construction of a 3D representation of a sample. Researchers also can now study molecular interactions and physicochemical parameters, including oxygen concentration or pH, with enhanced resolution and reduced time intervals.

Learn more in “Advanced Imaging Techniques Enhance Fluorescence Sensing,” (read article).

Elsewhere in the magazine:

• A team from Boston University delves into Photothermal IR spectroscopy (read article), offering insight into previous limitations in such technology and applications. Learn how new photothermal microscopy technology based in IR spectroscopy is finding broader uses in the biomedical field.

• The progression of laser-based technology has prompted a shift in dentistry, moving from a reactive past into a preventative future. Now, dental practices are equipped with the tools necessary to boost patient-focused care. Read “High-Precision Laser Therapy Transforms Dentistry,” by Ben Fisher and Tim Killeen, of Access Laser (read article).

• In “OCT Promising as Clear Point-of-Care Solution,” Duke University biomedical engineering professor Adam Wax, Ph.D., discusses the emergence of optical coherence tomography as a favorable tool in the diagnosis of medical conditions, and how increased accessibility and affordability can further enhance its application (read article).

• In this month’s Biopinion column, Michael R. Hamblin, Ph.D., a principal investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, offers his insight into the realm of near-infrared technology, and how it could hold the key to more effective treatment of neurological disorders. “NIR promises new brain disorder treatment” (read article).

Enjoy the issue!
 
Mike Wheeler
An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, Managing Editor Michael D. Wheeler oversees editorial content for Photonics Spectra, EuroPhotonics, BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics magazines.
Justine Murphy
Senior Editor Justine Murphy is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. She is editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics, and also produces industry-focused podcasts.
Autum Pylant
News Editor Autum C. Pylant is an Air Force Veteran with 10+ years of award-winning broadcast journalism experience. She is responsible for the steady flow of news and new product announcements to web and print and is the producer of the Light Matters video newscast.
 
Robin Riley
Multimedia/Web Editor Robin Riley has 30+ years of experience in communications and marketing for a range of technical industries. She is a regular contributor to web content and social media, and organizes and produces custom and editorial webinars.
Hank Hogan
Contributing editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Hogan worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing editor Marie Freebody is a free-lance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
 
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
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