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Head & neck optical diagnostics: vision of the future of surgery

Tahwinder Upile123, Waseem Jerjes1234, Henricus JCM Sterenborg15, Adel K El-Naggar16, Ann Sandison17, Max JH Witjes18, Merrill A Biel19, Irving Bigio110, Brian JF Wong111, Ann Gillenwater112, Alexander J MacRobert113, Dominic J Robinson114, Christian S Betz115, Herbert Stepp116, Lina Bolotine117, Gordon McKenzie1182, Charles Alexander Mosse113, Hugh Barr119, Zhongping Chen120, Kristian Berg121, Anil K D'Cruz122, Nicholas Stone119, Catherine Kendall119, Sheila Fisher123, Andreas Leunig115, Malini Olivo124, Rebecca Richards-Kortum125, Khee Chee Soo126, Vanderlei Bagnato127, Lin-Ping Choo-Smith128, Katarina Svanberg129, I Bing Tan130, Brian C Wilson13132, Herbert Wolfsen13233, Arjun G Yodh134 and Colin Hopper1234*

Author Affiliations

1 The "Head and Neck Optical Diagnostics Society" Council, Head & Neck Centre, University College Hospital, 250 Euston Road, London, NW1 2PG, UK

2 UCLH Head and Neck Centre, London, UK

3 Department of Surgery, University College London Medical School, London, UK

4 Unit of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Division of Maxillofacial, Diagnostic, Medical and Surgical Sciences, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London, UK

5 Center for Optical Diagnostics and Therapy, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

6 Department of Pathology, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA

7 Department of Histopathology, Imperial College and The Hammersmith Hospitals, London, UK

8 Department of Oral & Maxilofacial Surgery, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands

9 Virginia Piper Cancer Institute-Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minnesota, USA

10 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Physics, Boston University, Boston, USA

11 The Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, The University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA

12 Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

13 National Medical Laser Centre, University College London, London, UK

14 Center for Optical Diagnostics and Therapy, Department of Radiation Oncology, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

15 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

16 LIFE Center, University Clinic Munich, Munich, Germany

17 Research Centre for Automatic Control (CRAN), Nancy-University, UMR CNRS, France

18 Michelson Diagnostics, 11A Grays Farm Production Village, Grays Farm Road, Orpington, Kent, BR5 3BD, UK

19 Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester, UK

20 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine, USA

21 Dept. of Radiation Biology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Montebello, Norway

22 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

23 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds, UK

24 Photodynamic Therapy and Diagnosis Laboratory, Division of Medical Sciences, National Cancer Centre, Singapore

25 Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, USA

26 National Cancer Centre, Singapore 169610, Singapore

27 Univiersity of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil

28 National Research Council Canada-Institute for Biodiagnostics, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

29 Division of Oncology, Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden

30 Department of Head & Neck Oncology & Surgery, The Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

31 Division of BioPhysics and BioImaging, Ontario Cancer Institute, Ontario, Canada

32 Department of Medical Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

33 Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Florida, USA

34 Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

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Head & Neck Oncology 2009, 1:25  doi:10.1186/1758-3284-1-25

Published: 13 July 2009

Abstract

Review paper and Proceedings of the Inaugural Meeting of the Head and Neck Optical Diagnostics Society (HNODS) on March 14th 2009 at University College London.

The aim of our research must be to provide breakthrough translational research which can be applied clinically in the immediate rather than the near future. We are fortunate that this is indeed a possibility and may fundamentally change current clinical and surgical practice to improve our patients' lives.