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UCSF research assistant Donald Chau uses an optical stylus on the Echo Pixel workstation to manipulate a virtual image of the colon re-created from multi-slice images captured by a CT scanner
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  • UCSF research assistant Donald Chau uses an optical stylus on the Echo Pixel workstation to manipulate a virtual image of the colon re-created from multi-slice images captured by a CT scanner

    3D Virtual Reality Takes on Colorectal Cancer

    In the United States, an estimated 132,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year, resulting in 50,000 deaths. To detect these forms of cancer, physicians often perform a colonoscopy. This involves a day's worth of preparation...
  • Media at the Olympics Photo courtesy of IOC

    Light Technologies at the Rio Olympics

    What would the Olympics be without photography and the images sent instantly around the world? Many other light technologies are also at work at the Rio Olympics, some of them cutting edge, and they are affecting athletic performance, providing...
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  • Researchers at PARC have developed a new class of hyperspectral imaging system that employs a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between crossed polarizers

    An Affordable Approach to Hyperspectral Imaging

    Many different types of hyperspectral imaging systems are currently deployed in a range of applications including remote sensing, machine vision, surveillance and security and defense. However, despite their novel abilities, they have found a...
  • Osram tail light with OLEDs

    OLED Technology in Consumer, Safety and Health Applications

    As conventional lighting approaches its limits, the market for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is just about to ripen. By now, most consumers are familiar with flexible electronics and edge-type devices, but these are only scratching the...
  • FLIR explosive detection
  • Cascade lasers used in biomedical applications

    Trends in Cascade Laser Applications

    Cascade Lasers (CL) have been around for twenty years, but today advances in CL are shaking mid-IR spectroscopy with the emergence of two alternative sources: Interband Cascade Lasers (ICL) and Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL).  QCL QCL are based...

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