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Special Issue "Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy: Advances Towards Widespread Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
Interests: main research interests are regarding to the time-resolved optical investigation of highly scattering media for clinical diagnostics applications, such as the non-invasive monitoring of brain function and diseases by pulsed near-infrared light
Diffuse optical spectroscopy (DOS) using red and near-infrared light is increasingly considered a powerful tool to noninvasively probe highly scattering media down to a depth of few centimeters. DOS has already produced a number of interesting applications from the analysis of human tissues, food, wood, pharmaceuticals, etc. However, its full potential is yet to be unleashed, possibly leading to widespread use in large clinical installations down to consumer appliances.
In particular, advancements are expected in three major fields, overcoming key bottlenecks: (1) novel tools to master the complexity of the physics and the physiology (missing knowledge of the absorption spectra of basic constituents, nontrivial modeling of heterogeneities, strong interplay between measurables and measurement conditions, sensors motion and probe contact artifacts, etc.); (2) impressive progress in technology; and (3) enforcement of performance assessment and standardization to ground new developments and realizations on a solid basis.
Therefore, further research efforts are needed to bring the technique to widespread use in multiple applications.
You are cordially invited to submit original manuscripts on topics including (but not limited to) the following areas:
1) physical modelling, simulation studies or data analysis methods;
2) basic components (e.g. lasers, detectors or processing electronics);
3) instrument design or characterization;
4) new characterization protocols or phantoms design;
5) diffuse optical spectroscopy applications.
The article may be either original researches or reviews. There is no restriction on its length.
Assoc. Prof. Alberto Dalla Mora
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