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  2. About Wolfgang Drexler

    Wolfgang Drexler

    Wolfgang Drexler was a Full Professor of Biomedical Imaging at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University, Wales, UK from 2006 to 2009. Since October 2009 he is a Full Professor of Medical Physics and the Head of the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff University and is also Director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Science and has published more than 150 publications (including Nature Medicine and PNAS).


    1. State-of-the-art OCT technology has its limitations: it is bulky, the size of a desk top and quite expensive, costing anything in the region of €100, 000 per unit. It can detect abnormalities but at the present moment, compact, cost effective versions that can be used outside of hospitals and in private practice in a hand held mode do not exist...The core component of our OCTChip project targets the size of a 1 cent coin. It will reduce costs and is maintenance free. Hence retinal diseases like Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma as well as other retina diseases that are worldwide leading causes for blindness might be diagnosed via screening with this cost-effective compact point-of-care version of OCT...OCTChip fosters wide spread use to visualise and quantify the retina in more definition, so we can diagnose diseases better, quicker, and cheaper.
      In Coin-Sized Scanner to Target Blindness
    2. Miniaturization of OCT-based imaging technology on integrated photonics enables a novel, unique generation of not only cost-effective, but also compact, robust and nearly maintenance-free handheld OCT systems...The partners of the BiopsyPen Project have exquisite complementary expertise to accomplish a significant step towards this ambitious goal.”
      In MedLumics Announces “BiopsyPen Project” with €3.6M EU in Funding; Initiative Aimed at New Clinical Applications for Optical Coherence Tomography
    3. Swept-source technology from Insight has the potential to revolutionize OCT in the future, especially regarding ease of use, flexibility, and unique OCT performance.
      In Akinetic all-semiconductor swept lasers boost OCT image quality
    4. Lasers and light-­‐based methods have long promised to deliver benefits to clinicians through faster, more accurate, more sensitive, and more cost-­‐effective diagnosis of cancer and other important diseases, but so far most optical diagnostic instruments are expensive, complex and have limited performance. A key reason for this is that the lasers and light sources they use, are adapted from other industrial and scientific applications, and have not been optimized for these new clinical uses. Now in FAMOS, we will develop and demonstrate the next generation of light sources to produce step changes in cost/performance that will trigger development of a whole new world of non-­‐invasive clinical diagnostic tools.
      In European Commission backs biophotonics ‘FAMOS’ consortium with €10.1M for project to develop new lasers for earlier, better diagnosis of major diseases
    5. We've passed acceptance and we're between elation and state of the art...I personally think that OCT will never replace any gold standard like histology or established imaging modalities, but it will be very important at generating information in the future...It provides you with more information for earlier diagnosis.
      In Optical coherence tomography: cellular and functional retinal imaging