The Newsletter of the IEEE Tucson Section November 2001


The Bulletin of Electrical & Electronics Engineers of Tucson


IEEE Section Meeting

Co-sponsored by the U of A Student Section

Optical Coherence Tomography for in situ Visualization of Tissue

Date: November 20, 2001

Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:00 PM
Speaker: Jennifer Barton
Place: AME S202 at the U of A

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an optical analogue of ultrasound, using reflected near-infrared light waves to non-destructively image tissue. A resolution of 2-20um and imaging depth of 1-2mm are obtainable in most biological tissues. OCT has been successfully applied to a variety of problems including detection of esophageal cancer, measurement of retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, and imaging of arterial plaques. Applications of interest in the Tissue Optics Laboratory include imaging of vascular and glaucoma implants, bladder cancer, and cutaneous blood vessels. Doppler capability has been added to allow measurement of blood flow. Instrumentation development has focussed on increasing image acquisition rates and designing/building miniature probes for endoscopic and intravascular use.

Jennifer Barton received the BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and University of California, Irvine, respectively. She worked for McDonnell Douglas on the Space Station program before returning to UT to obtain the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 1998. Since that time she has been an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include optical imaging of tissue and laser-blood vessel interaction.

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Short Courses and Seminars on Reliability Engineering

In the upcoming months there are a few short courses and seminars covering the fields of Reliability Engineering, Maintainability Engineering, and Reliability and Life Testing. They will cover designing to a reliability goal of mechanical as well as electrical products. Some of these put on by the Society of Automotive Engineers. For information about times, locations, and registration fees, contact Dr. Dimitri Kececioglu at or check out the website at

Just Another Note….

Before the last general meeting there were some problems putting up the website. The website is created locally but is hosted from the national organization. There note that there may be a difference between: and

I believe that the latter is the one you’ll get to from the entity web hosting website and it should be correct.


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Tucson Section Meeting Tuesday, November 20, 2001

6:00 PM, at the U of A

AME S202

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