Awards and Recognitions
Minimally invasive surgery has dramatically changed the practice of medicine. A variety of mechanical and energy-imparting devices are used to manipulate and modify tissues within the body without the need for large incisions. These procedures are guided by X-ray, ultrasound, optical, or magnetic resonance imaging techniques. These technologies allow physicians to operate without the need for large incisions, dramatically reducing the need for inpatient care and pain medication, while improving outcomes. The laboratory investigates a variety of devices for cardiovascular, ophthalmologic, orthopedic, urologic, and neurosurgical procedures. Studies are underway to develop improved “optical biopsy techniques” to further reduce the invasiveness of surgery. Several new technologies including terahertz imaging, laser-based destruction of bacteria, MRI-Ultrasound image fusion combined with targeted laser ablation, and advanced optical diagnostics are under investigation. Projects range from basic science to clinical applications.