Innovation from the Beginning

The seeds for Modulated Imaging were planted in 2002, when David Cuccia, then an undergraduate in Physics at UC Irvine, began exploring new light-based ways to more accurately image and measure the health of tissue. With the help of his mentors at the Beckman Laser Institute, David developed a new imaging technique that he nicknamed “a thousand points of light,” and Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging (SFDI) was born. David was so excited about the potential of SFDI that he decided to commit himself to the project, and made SFDI the subject of his doctoral dissertation in 2006. Convinced of the value SFDI could bring to the research and medical communities, the now Dr. Cuccia worked independently to develop SFDI, and in 2008 began to build the Modulated Imaging team and start product development.

In 2010, Modulated Imaging introduced the first generation Ox-Imager™, and made it available to a select group of customers within the research community. Quickly making advancements from this initial product, Modulated Imaging released the second generation Ox-Imager in 2012. The current version of the Modulated Imagining platform is a true “turnkey” research instrument that could benefit a wide range of researchers in the academic, medical, and commercial fields. It can be found in corporate research laboratories, as well as in many internationally recognized universities.

Modulated Imaging was originally housed within the Photonic Incubator at the Beckman Laser Institute at UC Irvine. In 2014, the company expanded to its first commercial space in San Juan Capistrano, and quickly outgrew this location. Today, Modulated Imaging operates in a 6,000 sq. ft. building in Irvine, California, that includes office space, and separate areas dedicated to lab research and production.

Since its inception, Modulated Imaging has been backed by a passionate team who believes in the potential of SFDI as a revolutionary tissue imaging technology for research in many fields, medical diagnostics, and therapy monitoring. We are proud of the work we have already done, and excited to introduce our next innovation soon.

Exploring Our “Roots”

To learn more about the organizations and individuals that helped support Modulated Imagining as we grew, explore these links: