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Photonics in cardiovascular medicine

Nature Photonics volume 9, pages 626629 (2015) | Download Citation

The use of photonics technology is bringing new capabilities and insights to cardiovascular medicine. Intracoronary imaging and sensing, laser ablation and optical pacing are just some of the functions being explored to help diagnose and treat conditions of the heart and arteries.

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Acknowledgements

Inspiration and topics for discussion within this Commentary, which is by no means an exhaustive review, came from the Optics in Cardiology meetings that have been held biannually in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, since 2011 (www.opticsincardiology.org). This conference is a topical and multidisciplinary meeting for clinical researchers, engineers, basic scientists and entrepreneurs in the field. It aims to demonstrate current practice and emerging technologies to clinicians, and to expose engineers to first-hand accounts of clinical needs.

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  1. Gijs van Soest, Evelyn Regar and Antonius F. W. van der Steen are at the Erasmus MC Thorax Center, Rotterdam, Wytemaweg 80, 3015CN, The Netherlands

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