The underlying goal of this research is the development, design, and realization as well as application of biomedical, optical imaging technologies. Optical imaging involves a fusion of photonics, biology as well as (bio)medicine and deals with the interaction between light and biological matter. It offers tremendous opportunities for biotechnology development, fundamental as well as applied translational research. Merging of laser technology, photonics and biotechnology therefore sets new paradigms for non-invasive medical diagnostics.
This Center is in particular pioneering in the field of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) as well as vascular laser diagnostics since the late 1980s (Prof. Fercher). The current focus is the development and application of ultrahigh resolution, high speed, contrast enhanced as well as functional OCT. Five complementary research labs cover these activities: