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The future of medical diagnostics: review paper

Waseem K Jerjes1234*, Tahwinder Upile156, Brian J Wong17, Christian S Betz18, Henricus J Sterenborg19, Max J Witjes110, Kristian Berg111, Robert van Veen19, Merrill A Biel112, Adel K El-Naggar113, Charles A Mosse114, Malini Olivo115, Rebecca Richards-Kortum116, Dominic J Robinson117, Jennifer Rosen18, Arjun G Yodh119, Catherine Kendall120, Justus F Ilgner21, Arjen Amelink19, Vanderlei Bagnato122, Hugh Barr120, Lina Bolotine123, Irving Bigio124, Zhongping Chen125, Lin-Ping Choo-Smith126, Anil K D'Cruz127, Ann Gillenwater128, Andreas Leunig18, Alexander J MacRobert114, Gordon McKenzie1296, Ann Sandison130, Khee C Soo131, Herbert Stepp132, Nicholas Stone120, Katarina Svanberg133, I Bing Tan134, Brian C Wilson13536, Herbert Wolfsen13637 and Colin Hopper146

Author Affiliations

1 The "Head and Neck Optical Diagnostics Society" Council, The International Society of Minimally Invasive Diagnostics, University College London, London, UK

2 Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK

3 Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

4 UCL Department of Surgery, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, London, UK

5 Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK

6 UCLH Head and Neck Centre, University College London Hospitals, London, UK

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

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

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

10 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

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

12 Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minnesota, USA

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

14 National Medical Laser Centre, University College London Department of Surgery, London, UK

15 School of Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

16 Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, USA

17 Department of Radiation Oncology, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

18 Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, USA

19 Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

20 Biophotonics Research Group, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester, UK

21 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic Head and Neck Surgery, Aachen University Hospital, RWTH Aachen, Germany

22 Centro de Pesquisa em Óptica e Fotônica, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil

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

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

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

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

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

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

29 Michelson Diagnostics, Orpington, Kent, UK

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

31 National Cancer Centre, Singapore, Singapore

32 LIFE Center, University Clinic Munich, Munich, Germany

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

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

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

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

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

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Head & Neck Oncology 2011, 3:38  doi:10.1186/1758-3284-3-38

Published: 23 August 2011


While histopathology of excised tissue remains the gold standard for diagnosis, several new, non-invasive diagnostic techniques are being developed. They rely on physical and biochemical changes that precede and mirror malignant change within tissue. The basic principle involves simple optical techniques of tissue interrogation. Their accuracy, expressed as sensitivity and specificity, are reported in a number of studies suggests that they have a potential for cost effective, real-time, in situ diagnosis.

We review the Third Scientific Meeting of the Head and Neck Optical Diagnostics Society held in Congress Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria on the 11th May 2011. For the first time the HNODS Annual Scientific Meeting was held in association with the International Photodynamic Association (IPA) and the European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine (EPPM). The aim was to enhance the interdisciplinary aspects of optical diagnostics and other photodynamic applications. The meeting included 2 sections: oral communication sessions running in parallel to the IPA programme and poster presentation sessions combined with the IPA and EPPM posters sessions.