The Applied Optics Group was represented at the 35th annual meeting of the British Medical Laser Association, BMLA Laser and Aesthetics Conference 2017. This took place at the Lowry Theatre, in Salford, Manchester, from May 18th to May 19th, 2017. This meeting brings together physicians who use lasers for therapeutic and aesthetics purposes, as well as scientists and medical researchers using various optical sources and devices for clinical diagnosis and imaging.

Lowry theatre in Salford, Manchester

Our post-doctoral researcher Dr Manuel Marques presented two talks in the Biophotonics and Diagnostics session, chaired by Dr Chris Dunsby (Imperial College London). The first one (“Robust low-coherence interferometer-based proximity sensor for medical robotics”) covered the work carried out by Dr Adrian Bradu in developing a proximity sensor based on a white light interferometer, to be used in surgical robots (within the scope of the REBOT project). This talk was followed by one more centred in the imaging side (“Versatile hand-held Master-Slave optical coherence tomography system for clinical diagnosis”), presenting a versatile hand-held OCT system powered by Master-Slave OCT, effectively one of the final objectives of the recently finished AMEFOCT project.