Profound discoveries in physics lie at the heart of medical imaging; techniques in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine have revolutionised diagnostic medicine in the last 40 years. But gaps in our knowledge and capabilities for medical imaging still remain.
We aim to fill these gaps through development and application of new imaging modalities that exploit the high contrast available in tissue using visible and near infrared light. This requires substantial innovation in instrumentation to overcome the traditional limitations of optical imaging. We develop methods that go directly to the imaging site of interest through endoscopy, but also employ hybrid methods such as photoacoustics to improve our non-invasive imaging capabilities. Our vision is to translate transformative new healthcare technologies into clinical application for improved patient outcomes. We are currently conducting two clinical trials in patients and aiming to establish several more in the coming year.