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HAPPENINGS

FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMEDICAL OPTICS

A new must-have textbook from Prof. Caroline Boudoux with contributions from Triple Ring

January 21, 2017

Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics, a textbook for students and researchers in optics and biophotonics – is officially available! The book covers a broad range of topics in biomedical optics, starting with a toolbox of essential engineering and physics concepts that are general and yet detailed enough for a variety of backgrounds. Unique in its presentation and comprehensive overview, this book will be a valued long-term reference.

Triple Ring’s Optical Technologies team had the honor of contributing figures to and completing a technical review of chapters covering tissue optics and optical imaging system design concepts. Using our GPU-accelerated Monte Carlo code, we provided Dr. Boudoux with detailed simulations of light transport through biological tissue to enhance the reader’s understanding of topics such as light distribution in tissue and optical modalities including spatial frequency domain imaging.

“The Optical Technologies Group at Triple Ring Technologies provided Monte Carlo simulations, greatly enhancing the students’ understanding of photon propagation in biological tissues. If a picture is worth a thousand words, TRT’s simulations are worth a thousand complex equations.”                                                                     –Prof. Boudoux. 

The book is being officially launched at SPIE Photonics West 2017 on January 31st. Meet the author and reviewers, suggest topics for the second edition, and enjoy bubbles from Thorlabs by RSVP’ing on Eventbrite by Thursday, January 26th!

About the Optical Technologies Team at Triple Ring Technologies

The Optical Technologies team at Triple Ring specializes in developing light-based instrumentation for clients in the medical and consumer industries. We are an applications-focused team of systems scientists who contribute to all phases of product development from early-phase concept and feasibility demonstrations through design verification and transfer-to-manufacturing. In addition to optical design, we analyze data, develop algorithms, and conduct or oversee bench, animal, and human testing. Our philosophy is to apply the scientific method to engineering by developing a theoretical understanding of a system prior to detailed instrument design.

To this end, our team has developed and validated sophisticated GPU-accelerated optical Monte Carlo simulations of light transport through tissue. Modeling helps retire technology risk early, informs the instrument and algorithm design process, and allows for rapid iteration of parameters and evaluation of corner cases.  Our code interfaces with the commercial optical design software Zemax to create a complete system model. Other unique capabilities of our simulation platform include fluorescence, inclusion of shapes to model vasculature, and simultaneous modeling of multiple optical properties. We add additional capabilities on an ongoing basis as new applications arise.

About the Author

Prof. Caroline Boudoux obtained her PhD in 2007 from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (USA) in biomedical optics. After a post-doctoral fellowship at École Polytechnique (France) she joined the Engineering Physics department of Polytechnique Montréal (Canada). Now an associate professor, she focuses on the development of new imaging modalities and their clinical translation. Rookie entrepreneur, she also co-founded Castor Optics Inc., a start-up commercializing double-clad fiber couplers.

 

 

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