Lasers Aim to Replace Scalpels in Cutting-Edge Biopsy Technique

Junhui Shi, Postdoctoral Scholar in Medical Engineering

Junhui Shi, Postdoctoral Scholar in Medical Engineering

Professor Lihong Wang and Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Junhui Shi have developed a new imaging technique that uses pulses from two kinds of lasers to take pictures of microscopic biological structures. This new approach, called ultraviolet-localized mid-infrared photoacoustic microscopy, or ULM-PAM, develops images of the microscopic structures found in a piece of tissue by bombarding the sample with both infrared and ultraviolet laser light. "Because ultraviolet light and infrared have different properties, we had to find special mirrors and glass that could focus both," Dr. Shi says. "And because no camera exists that can see both, we had to develop ways to see if they were correctly focused." [Caltech story]

Professor Lihong Wang

Professor Lihong Wang

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