In the last 30 years, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has established itself as a novel, non-invasive medical diagnostic imaging modality that allows users to visualize internal tissue structure that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Imaging the eye has been the most successful use of OCT so far, but applications for the heart, brain, skin, etc. are extremely promising. Also under development are improved versions of OCT and combinations with other optical imaging techniques that provide information about the function and molecular and chemical makeup of the investigated tissue. These developments will significantly improve diagnosis and therapy control in medicine.
Wolfgang Drexler, Professor of Medical Physics and Head of Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna; Honorary Distinguished Professor, Cardiff University
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