Photonics technologies has paved new pathways for cancer research and treatment. The special characteristics of laser light have allowed to use it as the illumination source for early detection of cancers, in combination with photonics sensors, or as a surgical tool for clear cutting and drilling in tissues. The advances in photonics technology have also enabled the development of powerful imaging systems for the visualization of detailed structures, also improving the imaging depth into living tissues. Spectroscopy and other photonics analytical techniques are also widely used in cancer detection, and new point-of-care devices and biosensors have been developed, taken advantage of the great properties of the light to obtain faster, more compact and more reliable devices. Photonics enabled technologies such as Raman, surgical laser, OCT, endoscopy, hyperspectral imaging, photoacoustic tomography, fluorescence… have the potential to introduce new solutions and equipment at hospitals and clinics.
In this meeting we will bring together the full value chain of diagnostic and therapeutic related technologies and devices, used in different oncological diseases. Medical doctors will present the status of the technology and their future needs, as a starting point to discuss with system integrators and laser and photonic devices manufacturers the potential solutions to overcome the existing limitations. The meeting will enable new paths for collaborations as unmet needs meet technology capabilities, and it will help to understand the specific regulations and certifications required for devices used in medical applications.