Optical devices in otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery

Author(s): Orlando Guntinas-Lichius

Otorhinolaryngology is a medical specialty that is living on optical devices. Advances in otorhinolaryngological diagnostics were and still are partly the direct results of improvements in optical devices. The lecture will give a short overview about the use of optical devices in daily routine with focus on diagnostics and surgery of head and neck cancer. The current limitations will be present as well as an idealised concept of the optimal optical devices for early cancer detection and better definition of cancer resection margins.

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