Until the routine use of endoscopy in the 1980's, physicians relied on imprecise ex-vivo diagnostic information or invasive open procedures in order to understand the inner workings of the body. The ability to less invasively directly visualize and operate on internal organs and compartments has transformed surgery and diagnostics. Yet much of the body was not accessible to direct visualization due to size or resolution constraints of available instrumentation.
Advances in optics and instrumentation have reduced if not eliminated prior constraints on the use of direct visualization. Visualization systems can be created to view internal organs such as the spine, heart, brain, small blood vessels, small joints, or nearly any part of the body. In addition, new modalities of optical sensing such as fluorescence and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) allow information to be collected that was never available before.
Many existing and potential therapies and diagnostic regimens can be enhanced with the use of direct visualization or optical sensing. We look forward to working creatively with you to develop the next generation of products and systems that expand and transcend the present boundaries of medicine.