Working visit to University of Lubeck and to Max-Planck-Institute

The goal of the visit was to carry first in the world investigation of full heart with use of OCT system. For that Michał Hamkało had to get newly extracted hearts of mice from an authorized laboratory in Goettingen and took it to Luebeck (to next cooperator) with help of dr Jan Christoph. In the Institute for Biomedical Optics in Luebeck he was working with the OCT system (one of the fastest in the world) in order to specify parameters of heart imaging. Crucial part of investigation was to specify the depth range in the heart muscle of mouse or rabbit and speed limits of OCT. This way of measuring is supposed to give an information about behavior of heart not only at the surface but also in its volume. Such information can be extremely important for studies of heart attacks (widely developed in Goettingen). As a result of tests, Michał Hamkało have showed that it is possible to acquired 3D images of mouse heart (around 2-3 mm depth of imaging) and similarly for rabbit heart. Since mouse heart is smaller, in this case one can go through whole wall of the heart. He have also run the measurements with high volumes per second rate (requires huge and fast data transfer). Such measurements are inevitable for beating heart imaging, since processes occurring there can be well observed with rates going up to 100 volumes/s. During his stay Michał also had opportunity to visit laboratories in the Institute, and take part in one seminar (04.07). Acquired results are very helpful for understanding application of OCT systems for heart imaging and establishing next part of experiments, and can result in a valuable publication.


Michał Hamkało


July 1-5, 2017


Institute for Biomedical Optics, Luebeck

Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Goettingen

This project has received funding from the European Union’s
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 666295.