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Originally a tool for biologists, confocal microscopy provides high resolution in vivo imaging of cellular and subcellular tissue structures in real time. As a clinical solution, the technology is meant to help bridge the gap between more imprecise macroscopic imaging technologies (such as MRI, CT, PET, high-resolution ultrasound, etc.) and microscopic techniques used in the clinical laboratory. Medtech Insight talks with Sacha Loiseau, PhD, president and CEO of Mauna Kea Technologies, a French medical device firm that recently launched its Cellvizio platform, an advanced confocal laser microscopy system with ultra-thin fiber optic microprobes.
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