van Leeuwen A.G.J.M.: Biomedical photonics for functional and molecular imaging

Project Details


The research programme is structured along the following research lines:

* Hyperspectral imaging (Prof dr ing Aalders): based on his VIDI project (Depth-resolved Optical Spectroscopic Imaging (DOSI) in tissue), non invasive measurement of bilirubin (in cooperation with the Neonatology department) and the age of bruises (in order to better detect child abuse) have been demonstrated. Forensic applications of hyperspectral imaging is utilised for the detection and age determination of blood stains (together with e.g. the Netherlands Forensic Institute and Forensic Technological Solutions BV) and on finger print analysis (Dr A van Dam).
* Functional imaging (Dr Ir Dirk Faber and dr DM de Bruin), with clinical spin-off towards Urology, Pulmonology, Oncology and Ophthalmology: based on anaysis of the optical signals, differences in the optical properties (absorption and scattering) of the tissue are related to the presencense of superficial tumors. Based on speckle analysis, blood flow is characterised.
* The integration and combination of different imaging technologies for molecular and functional imaging will be explored e.g to guide biopsys (in cooperation with gastro-enterology and urology), to characteris micro-vesicles (Dr FAW Coumans and dr E van der Pol) in biological fluids (blood, urine, etc, together with experimental biochemistry, Dr R Nieuwland and Prof A Sturk) and to initiate new developments by starting research projects for minimally invasie optical catheters and using integrated optics for small and dedicated monitoring and imaging devices in the clinic.
Effective start/end date1/02/2007 → …