Biomedical Photonics

Our Group:

The research of the Biomedical Photonics group is focused on the investigation of various types of laser-tissue interaction and its application for pre-clinical and clinical diagnosis and therapy. More specifically, emphasis is placed on following fields:

  • Laser assisted bone drilling, e.g. for hearing aid implantation
  • Optical nerve stimulation
  • Laser assisted tissue soldering, as a promising alternative to suturing in e.g. vascular anastomosis or endoscopic gastric surgery
  • The investigation of self-organization in mucociliary transport in e.g. the trachea, using microscopic imaging and numerical modelling
  • Modelling of light propagation in biological tissue, tissue optical property characterisation and investigating the diagnostic potential of polarized diffuse backscattering
  • Optoacoustic (or photoacoustic) imaging of optical contrast deep inside tissue with the high spatial resolution of ultrasound. The combination of optoacoustic imaging with conventional ultrasound in a multimodal device, including promising novel diagnostic techniques such as speed-of-sound imaging

In addition, we use femtosecond lasers and Raman spectroscopy in fundamental research where we explore the water phase diagram within a range that has not been experimentally accessed so far.

More detailed information about our research is available under Research Projects


The Biomedical Photonics group is part of two EU Horizon 2020 projects that start in 2016/17:

  • Pammoth (Photoacoustic/ Ultrasound Mammoscopy for evaluating screening-detected abnormalities in the breast). Coordinator: University of Twente (NL)
  • CVENT (Risk assessment of plaque rupture and future cardiovascular events) by multi-spectral photoacoustic imaging