Photonics Translational Research – Medical Photonics (MEDPHOT)

Light for a better view of illnesses

PET scans based on radioactivity, image deviant tissue such as inflammations and tumours. By using light instead of radioactivity, images ten to one hundred times sharper can be produced, which means a cluster of just a few cells can be seen. The MEDPHOT programme wants to develop a light-based counterpart of a PET scan. The researchers will develop fluorescent markers for diseases, such as oesophageal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, lung cancer, asthma and Alzheimer's disease. These markers will bind to the molecules that are specific for the disease concerned and will light up if they are illuminated by a light source.

In order to see the markers, the researchers will develop the technology needed to detect the small light beams emitted. With this approach they will make the cells sought visible.

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Programme leader

Prof. J.F. de Boer (VU Amsterdam)


Amsterdam University Medical Centre, ASML, CHDR, Elesta, Exometry, GlycanScan, Leiden University Medical Center, Mauna Kea, Ninepoint Medical, Optos, Percuros, Spectradyne, TU Delft, Thorlabs, TNO, University Medical Centre Groningen, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Utopics, VU Amsterdam

The Perspectief programma Imagen focuses on using light instead of radioactivity