Synergy of light & sound for disease screening and therapy monitoring

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The consortium of the Horizon 2020 project Laser and Ultrasound Co-analyzer for Thyroid Nodules (LUCA) is pleased to present the project results and an open discussion about the state-of-the-art and the future of the non-invasive screening and monitoring of disease with diffuse optics and medical ultrasound. The BIST centre ICFO participates as a partner of this event

The LUCA project is a pan-European consortium to develop a multi-modal platform consisting of a device, probe and algorithms to improve the screening of the thyroid cancer. It is based on two photonics systems, near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy and time-resolved spectroscopy, which allow for the non-invasive measurement of the hemodynamics, collagen, water, lipid and tissue structure alongside traditional ultrasound screen procedure.

The LUCA device has the potential to start innovative approaches for screening and monitoring of other types of diseases in areas of the body accessible to both ultrasound and near-infrared diffuse optical technologies.



15:30 – 15:40 Introduction

by Davide Contini, Department of Physics, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

15:40 – 16:10 Diffuse optics: the path towards clinical translation

by Mitchell Schnall, Department of Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, USA

16:10 – 16:40 Introduction to the LUCA project

by Turgut Durduran, Medical Optics group, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain

16:40 – 17:10 Clinical results and perspectives of the LUCA project

by Mireia Mora, Endocrinology and Nutrition Department, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain

17:10 – 17:30 Q&A

chaired by Davide Contini, Department of Physics, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


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