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April 7: Oral presentation by Quantel - Paper: “Portable multiwavelength laser diode source for handheld photoacoustic devices"

Céline Canal (Quantel Laser Diodes) will be presenting the paper "Portable multiwavelength laser diode source for handheld photoacoustic devices" at the "Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care" conference on 7 April 2016.

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This conference is part of SPIE Photonics Europe which will be held 3 - 7 April 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. (Paper #: 9887-85).

Portable multiwavelength laser diode source for handheld photoacoustic devices
Paper 9887-85
Author(s): Céline Canal, Arnaud Laugustin, Andreas Kohl, Olivier Rabot, Quantel (France)

The ageing population faces today an increase of chronic diseases such as rheumatism/arthritis, cancer and cardio vascular diseases for which appropriate treatments based on a diagnosis at an early-stage of the disease are required. Some imaging techniques are already available in order to get structural information. Within the non-invasive group, ultrasound (US) images are common in these fields of medicine. However, there is a need for a point-of-care device for imaging smaller structures such as blood vessels that cannot be observed with purely ultrasound based devices. Photoacoustics proved to be an attractive candidate. This novel imaging technique combines pulsed laser light for excitation of tissues and an US transducer as a receptor. Up to now laser sources for existing photoacoustic systems were mainly Nd:YAG lasers or optical parametric oscillators (OPO). In that context, QUANTEL is about to take up the challenge of drastically shrinking the size of these expensive and bulky nanosecond lasers by demonstrating ultra-short pulse emission (30 - 100 ns) with highly efficient laser diodes (LD) in the near-infrared range. Such a laser source is the key for the introduction of photoacoustic technology for point-of-care testing. It will be demonstrated that a laser source as small as a hand, including an innovative LD and its patented driver board, can be integrated into high sensitivity photoacoustic systems. Thanks to highly performant diode bars, emission of 1 mJ was achieved from an emitting surface that can be as small as 5 mm x 1 mm, which could even allow to couple into an optical fiber with simple optical elements. Besides, several wavelengths between 805 and 980 nm can be generated from a single LD, then allowing to adjust the wavelength according to targeted tissue components (blood, fat…). This state-of-the-art laser source presents an outstanding electrical-to-optical efficiency of about 30 %; which enables operation without cooling up to 2 W average power.

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