Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular. More than 1,500 SPIE members have become fellows since the society's inception in 1955.
Levenson is recognized for his technical contributions in the development of multispectral imaging and its applicaiton in pathology. He also was honored for MUSE, a technology that enables pathologists to assess high-resolution images of biopsies and other fresh tissue samples for disease within minutes, without requiring the time-consuming preparation of conventional slides or destroying the tissue.
MUSE stands for microscopy with UV surface excitation. It uses short-wavelength UV light which penetrates only microns-deep into tissue. The short-wavelength UV light also excites many fluorescent dyes simultaneously, providing brilliant snap-shot color imagery. The results are stunningly detailed color images containing a degree of resolution, structure and depth.
Levenson developed MUSE with Stavros Demos at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and Farzad Fereidouni at UC Davis Health.