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Course module: 193500000
Biomedical Optics
Course infoSchedule
Course module193500000
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
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Lecturer N. Bosschaart
prof.dr. S. Manohar
Lecturer W. Steenbergen
Contactperson for the course I.M. Vellekoop
Lecturer I.M. Vellekoop
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
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Introduction in optical diagnosis and imaging in scattering tissues: theoretical foundation, methods and applications.
Skin and other biological tissues scatter light, making it impossible to look directly inside the body. Still, there are many optical methods that can image structures deep under the skin e. g. by cleverly using interactions between light and tissue, by exploiting the properties of light propagation in scattering materials, or by combining light with ultrasound. In this course, you will get to know the basic theoretical models for light propagation in biological tissue, and you will learn the working principle of a large range of optical imaging methods, ranging from highly experimental approaches to devices widely used in the clinic on a daily basis. Topics include: light scattering on small particles, light diffusion and radiative transport, optical coherence tomography, photoacoustic tomography, speckle-based blood flow monitoring, optical wavefront shaping, and more. In addition to the lectures, you will perform a series of light-scattering experiments.

Written examination (weight factor 0.5). Reports on experiments (weight factor 0.5).
Threshold: a minimum grade of 5.5 is required for both parts (the written examination and the experiment report). If this threhold is not reached, the lowest of the two grades is counted.
Assumed previous knowledge
Knowledge of geometrical and physical optics (BME: optics courses from bachelor modules M2, M3, M7, M10)
Basic mathematical skills, including working with complex numbers, simple differential equations and Fourier transforms.
Basic skills in MATLAB or Python for data processing.
Participating study
Master Applied Physics
Participating study
Master Biomedical Engineering
Required materials
Course material
Articles, book chapters, hand outs. Available on Canvas.
Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics. Caroline Boudoux. Available on, make sure to order in time!
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Lab practice
Presence dutyYes



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