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FAFN35-FYST59-FAF150F Medical Optics

About the course

Welcome to our course homepage for Medical Optics! 

This is the home page for a course in Medical Optics given in Lund, Sweden. The course is elective for students of the D, E, F, N, Pi and NAT programs at Lund University. The course is given in the second term of autumn (HT2). The course occasions are administrated in Canvas. You have to apply for the course and when you are admitted, you will receive access to the course in Canvas.

Contents and outline

The course gives an overview of the fundamentals of medical and tissue optics as well as more in depth knowledge of a specific field selected by the students themselves.

The overview will mainly be given during the lectures, whereas the in depth knowledge is incorporated into the projects that the students select. The projects can preferably be based on the experience and knowledge obtained within the two laboratory exercises and the three computer exercises included in the course.

Administrative info

Course code Science Faculty: FYST59 (formerly FYST22)

University credits: 7.5 hp

Term: Autumn 2

Grading scale: TH

Language of instruction: English

Course coordinator:Cord Arnold and Edouard Berrocal

Course schedule: Available in Canvas after admission or through Time Edit.

Recommended qualifications: Knowledge of physics at least equivalent to the compulsory courses in Physics at university level; Knowledge of mathematics equivalent to Complex and Linear Analysis.

Admission specifics: The number of participants is limited to 40. Selection Criteria: Priority is given to students with good results from their prior courses and with a biomedical engineering course track.

Assessment: For grade 3, approved project and exercises are sufficient. The project is performed in groups of two students. The project is presented both orally and as a written report. For higher grades a written exam is required. A well performed project can give bonus points at the written exam (only ordinary exam). The project, two laboratory exercises and three computer exercises are compulsory.

Literature: The course book is "Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics" by Caroline Boudoux. It can be ordered from or Unfortunately, the student book shop was not able to get a competitive price. Other useful books in Biomedical Optics are:

- Welch, A.J and van Gemert, M.C: Optical-thermal Responce of Laser-irradiated Tissue, Springer 2:nd edition, 2011. 

- Tuchin, V: Light scattering methods and instruments for medical diagnostics, SPIE, Berllingham, Washington, USA 2000.

Many books are available as e-books.We have put up a list with additional relevant literature (link) also in view of the projects. In addition, extra course material is provided via Canvas.

Lectures: 22 h

Computer exercises: 15 h

Laboratory exercises: 10 h

Course project: 80 h

Course syllabus in Swedish.

Course syllabus in English.