Biomedical Optics


Course Objective

Provide students with a broad overview of medical imaging and diagnosis
based on the interaction of light with tissue.
Practical skills include math (during class) and depending on the number
of students, computer simulations.
The course learns the student how to translate fundamental physical
concepts into practical, clinical applications.
In depth treatment of state-of-the-art biomedical optical techniques.

Course Content

The course consists of lectures during which (homework) assignments,
representative for the exam, are discussed. The following topics are
Fundamentals of light-tissue interaction, optical properties, light
propagation in tissue.
Clinical applications: Reflection Spectroscopy, Fluorescence
Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy; measurement of flow and perfusion
using Laser Doppler Flowmetry and Speckle Imaging; Optical Coherence
Tomography; Photo-acoustic Tomography

Teaching Methods

Lectures, demonstrations, computer simulations, experiments.

Method of Assessment

Written exam, the student is allowed to bring all course materials and a
calculator. The exam will be organized into 3 or 4 questions that each
highlight one of the main topics in the course.


Will be provided.

Target Audience

Students interested in applying physics and engineering in a (pre)
clinical setting or research setting, diagnosis and treatment of tissue
using light.

Additional Information

Lecturer: Dr. D.J. Faber

General Information

Course Code XM_41014
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. ir. D.J. Faber
Examiner dr. ir. D.J. Faber
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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