Waveguide-Enhanced Raman Platform Promises Rapid Diagnosis Of Disease

Portable and easy-to-use photonics devices can potentially offer substantial advantages in the diagnosis and prevention of disease, and a new project at the University of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) could see a significant new step made towards this goal.

Supported with £1 million from the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Programme, ORC and its collaborators at Southampton’s Department of Chemistry and the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) intend to develop a low-cost instrument suitable for use in GP surgeries, hospital wards, or in remote communities, using cheap, disposable plug-in sensor chips.

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