8 • BIOSCAN
BioPhotonics editors curate the most significant headlines
of the month for photonics in the life sciences – and take
you deeper inside the news. Featured stories include:
• Scalpel-free surgery with deep-tissue imaging
• Moth eyes inspire improved x-ray imaging
• Metamolecules switch handedness under light
17 • BUSINESSSCAN
Ophthalmic laser market growing
20 • MULTIMODAL LABEL-FREE IMAGING DRIVES BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
by James Lopez and Yiwei Jia, Olympus America Inc.
Various optical techniques used in tandem can monitor disease processes
in real time without the shortcomings of fluorescence imaging.
24 • THE AGE OF THE TRICORDER
by Gary Boas, Contributing Editor
This Star Trek-inspired medical diagnostic device is now a reality, and the
international Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE should help raise the bar even higher.
28 • NEW GLASS FIBERS WIDEN RANGE OF MEDICAL LIGHTING APPLICATIONS
by Karen Holst, Schott AG
High-purity, chemically stable glass optical fibers offer increased
light transmission and the potential for new applications.
31 • LIGHT SOURCE HELPS ENDOSCOPES GET SMALLER AND SMALLER
by James Hermanowski, Nathaniel Group Inc.
The weak delivery of xenon light through the small fibers used in
microendoscopes has driven the search for a new source.
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by Caren B. Les
Bioluminescence imaging lights up hair renewal
While intrinsic fluorescence distinguishes individual
microvilli cells (green), a coherence anti-Stokes Raman
scattering signal (magenta) detects lipids within them
and nearby. An article on label-free imaging by James
Lopez and Yiwei Jia of Olympus America Inc. begins on
page 20. Design by Art Director Suzanne L. Schmidt.
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