Shining light into the heart!
Can we use light to tell us things that we previously could not? Welcome to Spectroscopy & the work done by our Spectromix lab. Every chemical has a spectral signature due to specific chemical bonds. Spectroscopy was first intuited and described by another Raman : CV Raman in 1921 discovered it on a ship's journey on the Mediterranean, and went on to describe it in 1928. For his work on The Raman Effect, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930!
Almost a hundred years later, with tunable lasers & the application of machine learning we are using Vibrational Spectroscopy to help evaluate biological tissues. Advances in spectroscopy have showed those stunning images from the James Webb telescope https://images.app.goo.gl/2DonsHhoWoawNkJXA
So we have turned some of this technology inwards, built a network of biobanks- and are shining light into our stored samples of biological tissues
Imagine being able to use a handheld probe like this that one could place on the heart or lung (in my case since I am a Cardiothoracic surgeon), or any organ for that matter - this technology of Spectroscopy can reveal the underlying pathology, metabolic state & microscopic tissue structure!
We are actively working on this!