Scientists develop non-destructive imaging technology
New techniques in optical technology which allow non-destructive imaging (methods used to produce a picture of internal body structures) of superficial tissue, have been developed by scientists at the University of Kent.
The new technology is non-invasive and provides high-depth resolution, enabling safe application to different types of tissue – such as skin, teeth, gum, internal vessel walls and hair – and burns. Hence it is also finding applications in biology and art conservation, with recent use of the technology enabling scientists conservationists and art historians to observe not only the structure of the varnish layer on a painting but also the different layers of paint and preparatory drawings beneath those layers.
Adrian Podoleanu, Professor of Biomedical Optics, has been developing the technique based on optical coherence tomography (OCT), and the university is currently applying for patents to protect the technology.