Photonics technologies have revolutionized the medical market. The different effects of the light wavelengths in living organisms have allowed to image internal organs and bones non-invasively, to develop biosensors for early detection of different diseases or to treat these diseases by making tissue incisions, heating or vaporizing specific regions.
Several powerful imaging systems are available nowadays for the visualization of detailed structures, also improving the imaging depth into living tissues. Raman microscopy, OCT, photoacoustic imaging… can be used by pathologists to examine the patient’s sample and obtain a faster and more reliable diagnosis. Also, the delivery of laser radiation through optic fibers is a commonly used method for surgery and targeted treatment of tissues. The development of new sources with specific wavelengths, intensities and pulse duration will allow to treat the affected region more effectively without affecting the healthy tissues in the surroundings. And new point-of-care devices and biosensors have been developed for applications such as blood analysis, glucose monitoring or detection of drugs concentration in different tissues and fluids. These new developments have taken advantage of the great properties of the light to obtain faster, more compact and more reliable devices, including wearable solutions which would help in the implantation of telemedicine procedures.
In this meeting we will bring together the full value chain of diagnostic and therapeutic related technologies and devices to open new paths for collaborations. We will cover different diseases, including cancer pathology and surgery, with several medical doctors presenting the status of the technology and their future needs to help system integrators and laser and photonic devices manufacturers in the development of new solutions to overcome the existing limitations.