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User-friendly graphical user interface for simulating tissue optical properties and fluence rates: improving students learning in tissue optics
Author(s): Marcelo Saito Nogueira; Jacqueline Elizabeth Gunther; Katarzyna Komolibus; Stefan Andersson-Engels
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Paper Abstract

Tissue optics education can use several open-source tools available online. Even though these tools can be accessed by a broad student population, education environments, especially during outreach activities, may require more user-friendly and high speed tools that do not require previous programming experience. Then, quick estimators of tissue optical properties based on the tissue chromophore composition and analytical solvers based on diffusion equation can be a more suitable option for short events. In this study, we evaluated students experience during 1.5 hour of computer activities using a tissue-optics computer app. These activities were scheduled during a 7-hour biophotonics workshop given to undergraduate students in 2018 and 2019. Our results suggest the app is user-friendly and suitable for outreach activities. The use of our app may contribute to improve teaching and learning in biomedical optics and biophotonics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 2020
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11238, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXXI, 112380B (24 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2546811
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Marcelo Saito Nogueira, Tyndall National Institute, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Jacqueline Elizabeth Gunther, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Katarzyna Komolibus, Tyndall National Institute, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Stefan Andersson-Engels, Tyndall National Institute, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11238:
Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXXI
Bennett L. Ibey; Norbert Linz, Editor(s)

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