Photon mayhem: Using light for structural and functional assessment of biological tissues
Lecture | December 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Hughes Room
Prof. Alex Vitkin, University of Toronto
SPIE Visiting Lecturer
Medicinal photonics (biophotonics) includes a variety of therapeutic (effects of light on tissue) and diagnostic (effects of tissue on light) applications. In this talk, the latter category will be highlighted, with emphasis on methods actively investigated in our laboratory optical coherence tomography for microvascular imaging and tissue polarimetry for anisotropy monitoring. Both of these approaches rely on the wave nature of light (coherence and polarization, respectively) and offer unique biophysical information on tissue structure, composition, and function.