Francois Lacombe: Optical Biopsy : a New Paradigm or a Multiple Scale Shift?
When it was first introduced a decade ago in gastroenterology, optical biopsy was the so-long-expected solution to give physicians the real time information which could improve their practice, optimize their workflow and accelerate their decision making process. Ten years later, it has proven to bring a much bigger benefit : multiple specialists, even in different and remote locations, can now share in a few milliseconds histological information collected in real time directly inside their patients. Since diagnostic or surgical endoscopy shifted to microscopic scale, histology data and medical proof became digital and immaterial, allowing geographic and temporal scales, two other very important limitations in patient management, to collapse. This talk will show an example of this fundamental shift as we experienced it at Mauna Kea Technologies.