Imaging with lensless microscopy sorts living cells

June 12, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
At a recent Technology Forum held by the Belgian nanoelectronics research institute imec, Life Sciences – as enabled by nanotechnology – was a major theme. Included was a description of work that researchers have been carrying out on Cytology – imaging and characterising cells: specifically, in this example, blood cells.

imec workers are applying nanoscale fabrication, lens-less optics, and micro-fluidics to the problem of identifying and sorting cells. The scenario is that of a small proportion of the cells circulating in the bloodstream being cancerous, and potentially capable of metastasising at new sites in the body. How to render them inactive?

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