Division of Biomedical Photonics
The research of the medical optics group is focused upon the investigation of various possibilities to employ pulsed infrared lasers in new medical disciplines and the optimization of the clinical outcome in fields the laser is already being used. Emphasis is placed upon three independent fields:
(1) The study of the physical processes underlying the light propagation in tissue and the interaction of pulsed IR-laser radiation with soft and hard tissues,
(2) laser-induced reversible and irreversible changes in optical properties of tissue response and the consequence of these changes on thermal damage and ablation, and
(3) the development of laser and fiber delivery systems optimized for specific medical applications, in particular arthroscopy, ENT-surgery and ophthalmology.
Another area of interest is the development of appropriate optical tools for tissue diagnostics and tissue characterization that can be used for an intelligent feed back system or for tissue imaging. One approach used is the measurement of tissue properties by time-resolved detection of laser-induced transient pressure waves (optoacoustics).
More detailed information about our research is available under Research Projects.