David Sampson: Optical coherence elastography may increase efficiency of cancer surgery
Measuring stiffness of tissue to identify malignancies can enable intra-operative assessment of tumors.
Professor David Sampson heads the Optical + Biomedical Engineering Laboratory and is Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis, at the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia). He directs the Western Australian nodes of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility and the National Imaging Facility (Australia). He is a fellow of the IEEE, OSA, and of SPIE. He is a recipient of the IEEE Photonics Society¹s Distinguished Lecturer Award.
Sampson's research interests are in the science and applications of light in medicine and biology. His research is focused on the invention, study and translation of microscopy techniques to imaging in the living body -- medical microscopy. His current focus is on the microscope-in-a-needle for surgery and biopsy guidance and micro-elastography -- micro-imaging of tissue stiffness.