3-D Optical Biopsies Within Reach Thanks To Advance In Light Field Technology

Researchers have shown that existing optical fibre technology could be used to produce microscopic 3-D images of tissue inside the body, paving the way towards 3-D optical biopsies.

Unlike normal biopsies where tissue is harvested and sent off to a lab for analysis, optical biopsies enable clinicians to examine living tissue within the body in real-time.

This minimally-invasive approach uses ultra-thin microendoscopes to peer inside the body for diagnosis or during surgery, but normally produces only two-dimensional images.

Research led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, has now revealed the 3-D potential of the existing microendoscope technology.

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