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EVENT: A microscope-in-a-needle: New technologies to image disease

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Today's date is Wednesday, March 03, 2021
A microscope-in-a-needle: New technologies to image disease : This seminar is part of the Centre for Water Research seminar series. Other events...
Optical coherence tomography is a recently developed imaging technology, capable of high resolution in vivo imaging of tissue. It is analogous to ultrasound, but uses near infrared light instead of sound waves.

It is used clinically in ophthalmology, and is rapidly gaining importance in other diseases. Our lab has developed a family of highly miniaturized imaging probes, sufficiently small that they may be encased in a medical needle and inserted into the body – a ‘microscope-in-a-needle’.

Our smallest probes have been encased within a 30-gauge needle, with an outer diameter of 310 microns. This opens the possibility of using high resolution optical imaging for many different diseases. In this talk, I will describe our work in developing these highly miniaturized needle probes, and our early results in lung imaging and breast cancer.


After receiving his PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Western Australia, A/Prof. McLaughlin worked for several years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, developing new medical imaging techniques using MRI and X-ray angiography.

He then spent several years in the medical imaging industry, working both for start-up companies, and as a Product Manager with Siemens Medical Solutions, specializing in PET and SPECT imaging.

He has been responsible for the development of several new FDA-approved medical products. In 2007, he returned to Australia, and is currently an Associate Professor with the Optical + Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, University of Western Australia, where he has focused on research into new imaging technologies using optical coherence tomography and confocal microscopy for both cancer and pulmonary imaging. In 2012, he received the National Breast Cancer Foundation Patron’s Award for Innovation and Vision in Research.

PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.

****All Welcome****
Speaker(s) A/Prof. Robert McLaughlin, Optical+Biomedical Engineering Lab, UWA.
Location Blakers Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Mathematics Building, The University of Western Australia
Contact Askale Abebe <[email protected]> : 6488 7565
URL https://www.socrates.uwa.edu.au/Staff/StaffProfile.aspx?Person=RobertMcLaughlin
Start Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:00
End Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:00
Submitted by Askale Abebe <[email protected]>
Last Updated Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:40
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