Optical Coherence Tomography: On Form and Function
Speaker: Audrey Ellerbee, Stanford University
Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Location: Bowen Hall Auditorium 222
Date/Time: Friday, February 15, 2013, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In its nearly 25-year history, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has gained appreciable notoriety as a technology capable of non-invasively imaging the microstructure of biological tissue. The rapid penetration of OCT into the clinical market has both been driven by and itself stimulated new technological advances in the field, with the end result of a highly informative, patient-friendly diagnostic modality. Recently, our own group has taken a systematic approach to re-engineering the traditional OCT system both to understand and to overcome some of the known limitations of current designs.
The idea that form follows function is a well-known principle of design. Indeed, this order of operations is particularly useful to drive the design and engineering of tools for the medical device industry. In this talk, I provide a perspective on historical developments in the field of OCT, our recent contributions as relates to new system designs, and a preview of the new application areas they are enabling within our group.