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Integration of electro-optical mechanical systems and medicine: where are we and where can we go?
Author(s): Mark F. Gourley M.D.; Paul Lee Gourley
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Paper Abstract

The marriage of microfabricated materials with microbiological systems will allow advances in medicine to proceed at an unprecedented pace. Biomedical research is placing new demands on speed and limits of detection to assay body tissues and fluids. Emerging microfabricated chip technologies from the engineering community offer researchers novel types of analysis of human samples. In guiding these developments, the ability to swiftly and accurately gain useful information for identification and establish a diagnosis, is of utmost importance. Current examples of such technology include DNA amplification and analysis, and fluorescent cell analysis by flow cytometry. Potential applications include the development of rapid techniques for examining large number of cells in tissue or in blood. These could serve as screening tools for the detection and quantification of abnormal cell types; for example malignant or HIV infected cells. Micro/nanofabrication methods will make these devices compact, providing access of this technology to point of care providers; in a clinic, ambulance, or on a battlefield. Currently, these tools are in the construction phase. Upon delivery to researchers, validation of these instruments leads to clinical demand that requires approval from the Food and Drug Administration. This paper outlines criteria that successful devices must satisfy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2978, Micro- and Nanofabricated Electro-Optical Mechanical Systems for Biomedical and Environmental Applications, (31 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.269969
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Mark F. Gourley M.D., Washington Hospital Ctr. (United States)
Paul Lee Gourley, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2978:
Micro- and Nanofabricated Electro-Optical Mechanical Systems for Biomedical and Environmental Applications
Paul Lee Gourley, Editor(s)

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