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Clinical Applications of Biophotonics

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Non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation has been used in recent years for diverse clinical applications in treating or diagnosing pathologies. Examples have included various therapeutic applications using photodynamic therapy, optical spectroscopy for assessing skin erythema to the laser drilling of bones for surgical guidance of reconstructive infrastructure. Of particular interest for this Research Topic are those studies involved in clinical or pre-clinical environments.

We aim to put together a collection that will be both a resource for those young researchers entering the field as well as for all those performing research in the Clinical Applications of Biophotonics for years to come. As such, we are asking for researchers to consider submitting to this Research Topic and encourage those researchers who are using light for clinical applications in treating or diagnosing pathologies. We are particularly interested in those biophotonic applications that are sufficiently mature to be involved in feasibility studies or early-stage clinical trials. Topic areas include, but are not limited to:
• advances from the optical technology for translational research, such as the fields of tomography, microscopy, spectroscopy,
• the innovation of optical probes applicable for clinical translation.

Specific topics may include areas such as Raman, fluorescence, IR spectroscopies for clinical diagnosis, optical coherence tomography in biomedical applications, optical spectroscopy for monitoring of therapeutic efficacy and light-based therapies (e.g. low-level light therapy, PDT).

We will consider both Original Research contributions as well as a select number of Review articles.


Keywords: biophotonics, optical spectroscopy of tissues, tissue optics, optical therapy, photodynamic therapy


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation has been used in recent years for diverse clinical applications in treating or diagnosing pathologies. Examples have included various therapeutic applications using photodynamic therapy, optical spectroscopy for assessing skin erythema to the laser drilling of bones for surgical guidance of reconstructive infrastructure. Of particular interest for this Research Topic are those studies involved in clinical or pre-clinical environments.

We aim to put together a collection that will be both a resource for those young researchers entering the field as well as for all those performing research in the Clinical Applications of Biophotonics for years to come. As such, we are asking for researchers to consider submitting to this Research Topic and encourage those researchers who are using light for clinical applications in treating or diagnosing pathologies. We are particularly interested in those biophotonic applications that are sufficiently mature to be involved in feasibility studies or early-stage clinical trials. Topic areas include, but are not limited to:
• advances from the optical technology for translational research, such as the fields of tomography, microscopy, spectroscopy,
• the innovation of optical probes applicable for clinical translation.

Specific topics may include areas such as Raman, fluorescence, IR spectroscopies for clinical diagnosis, optical coherence tomography in biomedical applications, optical spectroscopy for monitoring of therapeutic efficacy and light-based therapies (e.g. low-level light therapy, PDT).

We will consider both Original Research contributions as well as a select number of Review articles.


Keywords: biophotonics, optical spectroscopy of tissues, tissue optics, optical therapy, photodynamic therapy


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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01 February 2021 Abstract
15 May 2021 Manuscript

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01 February 2021 Abstract
15 May 2021 Manuscript

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