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Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course FAF150F valid from Autumn 2013

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  • English
  • Every spring semester
  • The aim with the course is to give the student knowledge of the interaction between light and highly scattering media, such as e.g. tissue. This knowledge is central for a large number of clinical diagnostic tools as well as laser based treatment modalities. Biomedical optics is a fast developing field of research and the medical industry will require people with this knowledge in the near future.

  • Medical applications of lasers. Theory: light propagation in strongly scattering media, analytical and numerical solution of diffusion equations, Monte Carlo simulations, heat transfer equations. Measurements of the properties of strongly diffusive media, temperature distribution in tissue following laser irradiation. Mathematical modelling of light and heat distribution in tissue.

    Lectures: light transport in tissue, optical properties of tissue, laser based medical applications

    Laboratory exercises: time-resolved spectroscopy and fluorescence imaging

    Computer exercises: Diffusion theory, Monte-Carlo simulations and FemLab as a simulation tool

Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to explain basic interactions between light and tissue

    be able to explain how optical properties of highly scattering media can be measured

    be able to describe how light propagation in tissue can be simulated

    be able to in depth describe an example of use of optics/lasers ain biomedical applications

    be able to briefly describe other therapeutic and diagnostic medical laser applications

    be able to explain the basic principles for therapeutic and diagnostic applications of lasers in medicine

Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to measure optical properties of tissue

    be able to model light propagation in tissue

    have gained competence in composing a report describing an accomplished project, with emphasis on a thorough analysis of published data and own results

    be able to integrate and analyse information from multiple sources

Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to choose and motivate a modelling approach for light propagation in a turbid medium under specific conditions

    be able to choose and motivate a suitable measurement technique to obtain optical properties of tissue depending on tissue type and condition, wavelength and geometry

    be able to evaluate what the critical laser parameters are for a specific medical laser application

    be able to find relevant information on the internet and in libraries

    have gained an interest for challenges in biophotonics and medical laser applications, especially for problems related to light propagation in turbid media.

Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Project
Examination Formats
  • Written exam
  • Written report
  • Written assignments
  • Seminars given by participants
  • For grade 3 approved project and exercises are sufficient. The project is performed in groups of two students. The project is presented both orally and as a written report. For higher grades a written examination is required. A well performed project can give bonus points at the first regular examination. The project, two laboratory exercises and three computer exercises are compulsory
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • Knowledge of physics corresponding to a basic course in Physics at university level; Knowledge of mathematics equivalent to FMAF01 Mathematics - Analytic Functions and FMAF05 Mathematics - Systems and Transforms.
Selection Criteria
  • No more than 40 students are accepted
  • Welch, A.J & van Gemert, M.C: Optical-thermal Responce of Laser-irradiated Tissue.
Further Information
Course code
  • FAF150F
Administrative Information
  •  -02-24
  • FN1/Anders Gustafsson

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