Handbook of Biomedical Optics

David A. Boas, Constantinos Pitris, Nimmi Ramanujam

June 14, 2011 by CRC Press
Reference - 831 Pages - 44 Color & 486 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420090369 - CAT# 90364


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  • Provides an in-depth introduction to the field, exploring applications for biomedical research, diagnosis, and therapy
  • Includes the theory and fundamentals of each subject with the aim of accessibility to a wide, multidisciplinary readership
  • Discusses advantages and disadvantages of various state-of-the-art techniques
  • Introduces the principles of optics, lights sources, and irradiation, as well as basic concepts in tissue optics
  • Covers spectroscopic methods, including tomographic imaging, microscopic imaging methods, molecular probe development, and phototherapy


Biomedical optics holds tremendous promise to deliver effective, safe, non- or minimally invasive diagnostics and targeted, customizable therapeutics. Handbook of Biomedical Optics provides an in-depth treatment of the field, including coverage of applications for biomedical research, diagnosis, and therapy. It introduces the theory and fundamentals of each subject, ensuring accessibility to a wide multidisciplinary readership. It also offers a view of the state of the art and discusses advantages and disadvantages of various techniques.

Organized into six sections, this handbook:

  • Contains introductory material on optics and the optical properties of tissue
  • Describes the various forms of spectroscopy and its applications in medicine and biology, including methods that exploit intrinsic absorption and scattering contrast; dynamic contrast; and fluorescence and Raman contrast mechanisms
  • Provides extensive coverage of tomography from the microscopic (optical coherence tomography) to the macroscopic (diffuse optical tomography) to photoacoustic tomography
  • Discusses cutting-edge translations to biomedical applications in both basic sciences and clinical studies
  • Details molecular imaging and molecular probe development
  • Highlights the use of light in disease and injury treatment

The breadth and depth of multidisciplinary knowledge in biomedical optics has been expanding continuously and exponentially, thus underscoring the lack of a single source to serve as a reference and teaching tool for scientists in related fields. Handbook of Biomedical Optics addresses this need, offering the most complete up-to-date overview of the field for researchers and students alike.


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