Congressional Caucus

Congressional Caucus Briefings

As part of its outreach efforts to the Capitol Hill community, OSA hosts Congressional Caucus Briefings. These briefings are organized by OSA's Public Policy Committee and are designed to educate members of Congress and their staff about important science policy issues affecting the optics and photonics community.

2011 Caucus Briefing:

Medical Imaging: R&D Saving Lives

Thursday, Nov. 17
12:00-1:30 p.m.
2168 Rayburn House Office Building

The Optical Society, in conjunctions with the House Research and Development Caucus, held a congressional briefing on how medical imaging is being used to better diagnose and treat a range of conditions.

Medical imaging helps detect, diagnose and treat many life-threatening diseases at their earliest stages. According to experts, early detection, diagnosis and treatment reduce the need for invasive, in-patient procedures and repeat surgeries, and facilitate shorter recovery times while also saving money and improving efficiency in the healthcare system. Many of the cutting-edge technologies being developed and used today originated from university laboratories through federal government spending.

The following experts discussed current and future technologies related to optical imaging and gave examples of how laboratory research has translated into successful start-up companies. Their presentations are also below.

The Future of Healthcare with Optical Biomedical Imaging
Stephen Boppart, M.D., Ph.D
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Optical Imaging of Coronary Artery Disease
Joseph Schmitt, Ph.D.
Lightlab, St. Jude Medical

Optics in Eye Care
Joseph Izatt, Ph.D.
Duke University

Adam Zysk, Ph.D.
Illinois Institute of Technology

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