|Hamamatsu believes that photonics technology can help create a future world free of cancer and dementia, in which we enjoy long lives in good health.
Optical methods for diagnosis and treatment offer a great path to such a future because in general they are gentler to the body than conventional medicine. In this section, we introduce some of our research into the application of photonics in medicine, such as the use of PET (positron emission tomography) and other tools to obtain data on biological function from cells, animals and humans. These are parts of a broader initiative in translational medicine, done in collaboration with the Hamamatsu Medical Photonics Foundation, to improve tools and methods for research, diagnosis, and treatment.
|Hamamatsu is exhibiting at the sensor conference The Sense of Contact with a table top.|
|Radar or microwave technology is really a way of sensing the presence of objects, being liquids, cars, obstacles, humans.Looking at the implementation of radar technology on a chip, it is surprising how large the number of applications is that pop up: Truck safety /Presence sensing industrial buildings (long range) /Smart-lighting /Door-openers /Industrial Level Gauging /Height measurements for drones /Distance control, industrial, automotive /Speed over the ground /Blindspot detection /Traffic Monitoring|
|Dutch start-up company Omniradar developed a sensor-on-a-chip device based on an integrated radar-frontend with several operation modes as CW, continuous wave, FMCW, Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave, stepped FMCW, FMCW with discrete frequency steps and Doppler. All these modes have their specific advantages. distance, speed of objects and direction can be measured with FMCW mode. The IC’s have two receiver antennas in one plane. And the high frequency and newly available large bandwidth, 57-64 GHz, 7 GHz bandwidth, allow a high resolution and accuracy. This means an improvement over 24 GHz, at 0,125 or 0,25 GHz bandwidth.The “One-Chip-Radar” and the Lorry Drivers’ Blind Spot, Hans Brouwer, Omniradar, parallel session B, 11.00 – 11.20 hrs.|
|Heart angioplasty surgery (“Dotteren” in Dutch) has developed into a quick and reliable procedure which has saved the lives of thousands of people all over the world. The procedure always starts with the insertion of a 300 um diameter guide wire into one of the patient’s main arteries which is subsequently shifted – guided by X-ray imaging – to the blocking (stenosis) in the coronary artery. The guide wire then serves as a guide for the balloon, the stent and other instruments which are simply shifted over the guide wire to the location of the stenosis.|
|Until recently the surgeon solely had to rely on an X-ray image to decide on the type of therapy. However, with the miniaturization of sensors and electronic circuits it has become feasible to integrate advanced electronic functionality in the tip of these guide wires which are only three human hairs in diameter! Since the guide wire is always there, this means added diagnostic information without the need for additional manipulations in the Cath-Lab, making these procedures safer at little additional costs.Smart Flexible Sensors for In Vivo Coronary Circulation Diagnostics
Arjen van der Horst, Philips Research & Professor Ronald Dekker, Philips / Delft University of Technology parallel session A, 15.00 – 15.20 hrs.