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Diagnosing Diseases with Light Waves


Cluster member Professor Robert Huber from the Institute of Biomedical Optics (BMO) at the University of Lübeck has been nominated for the prestigious 2017 European Inventor of the Year Award together with Professor James G. Fujimoto and Dr. Eric A. Swanson from the United States. They are being honored for the development of optical coherence tomography (OCT). The innovative imaging process improves the diagnosis and understanding of various diseases. “Thanks to this team, doctors can now use real-time images of human tissue in the early detection of cancer, glaucoma, and other diseases,” explains Benoît Battistelli, the president of the European Patent Office. The gentle procedure is based on light technology, works without using radiation or contrast medium, and is currently being performed 30 million times on average every year.


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