Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): No longer just a research tool

by Joseph M. Schmitt, Ph.D., Chief Technical Officer, LightLab Imaging, Westford, MA.

 :  16 Mar 2005 (Wed)
 :  3:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue  :  Rm 2404, 2/F (Lift 17/18), HKUST

Since it was first introduced over a decade ago, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become a focus of bio-photonics research labs around the world. A number of exciting advances, built on new photonics technologies developed originally for the optical telecom industry, have fueled the development of the new OCT applications. With the mission of bringing OCT from the research lab to the patient¡¦s bedside, LightLab has focused its efforts on two main areas: 1) intravascular imaging and 2) endoscopic detection of early cancers. This presentation will review the basic principles of OCT and highlight specific OCT technologies developed at LightLab to meet the demands of the clinical environment. Results from several pilot studies will be presented to illustrate the clinical utility of OCT. The talk will conclude with a discussion of potentially fruitful areas of academic-industrial cooperation in the field of optical diagnostic imaging.


Dr. Schmitt received the B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1981 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1983 and 1986, respectively. After serving as Biomedical Engineering Coordinator for a non-profit health-care foundation in China for two years, he worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, as a Senior Staff Fellow. Dr. Schmitt later joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) as Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering where he also served as the Co-Director of the Center for Medical Diagnostic Technology. He left HKUST to develop non-invasive optical technologies for patient monitoring at Nellcor Puritan- Bennett in Pleasanton, CA. His present position is Chief Technical Officer of LightLab Imaging, Inc., a company focused on commercializing medical applications of optical coherence tomography.


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