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Laser scanner to detect cancer in less than 30 seconds

Laser scanner to detect cancer in less than 30 seconds
A team of European scientists has developed the world’s first cancer scanner that detects blood vessels grown by a malignant melanoma with an infrared laser beam in 30 seconds. Current skin cancer diagnosis can last a number of weeks and be very upsetting. Multiple stages can involve visiting a GP, being sent to a dermatologist for a skin biopsy, waiting for laboratory analysis, having a sentinel lymph node biopsy under general anaesthetic, and then having more tests if the cancer has spread.
30th October 2017

Handheld scanner gives instant heart disease diagnosis

Handheld scanner gives instant heart disease diagnosis
  European scientists have developed a handheld scanner that can read your heart's vital signs like a supermarket barcode reader can scan items at the checkout, allowing a GP to diagnose even preclinical patients for the early onset of a disease.
6th July 2017

Laser imaging 'bowl' gives instant test for breast cancer

Laser imaging 'bowl' gives instant test for breast cancer
In a bid to make the world's first while-you-wait test for breast cancer, European scientists are developing a comfortable hemispherical bowl lined with laser sources and ultrasound detectors with the potential to reduce the stages in spotting the disease into a single appointment. Current breast cancer diagnosis can be distressing and painful over a number of weeks.
21st June 2017


Laser scanner ensures you'll never eat toxic fries again

Laser scanner ensures you'll never eat toxic fries again
Amid growing concern about the discovery of cancer-causing chemicals in crisps and French fries, a young scientist has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the factory to detect toxic compounds and prevent them from reaching the consumer. Earlier this year, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued warnings about eating over-fried potatoes, burnt toast and crisps that can contain cancer-causing chemicals such as acrylamide, deeming them a serious health threat to billions of consumers.
2nd May 2017

AR visor dramatically improves surgery accuracy

AR visor dramatically improves surgery accuracy
European scientists have employed new photonics technology in order to develop a new augmented reality surgical visor in a bid to improve accuracy of interventions, showing anaesthetic and medical data while superimposing a patient’s x-ray in perfect unison with their body, meaning surgeons never having to look away during an operation and surgery times reduced by over 20 minutes for every three hours.
6th March 2017

Compact microscope can reduce blood poisoning deaths

Compact microscope can reduce blood poisoning deaths
Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, and more commonly known as ‘blood poisoning’, Sepsis is a whole-body inflammatory reaction that kills over 20,000 people per day worldwide, striking regardless of age, gender or fitness and killing more people than prostate cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. It is estimated that 44,000 people die every year from Sepsis in the UK alone.
22nd August 2016

Coin-sized scanner to target blindness

A European group of scientists are working on the development of a breakthrough, compact, cost-effective retinal scanner that will play a key role in targeting the early diagnosis of retinal diseases that are worldwide leading causes of blindness. Funded by the Photonics PPP platform, OCTChip is set to revolutionise diagnosis of retinal diseases and prevent millions of cases of blindness.
10th June 2016


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