On the 5th of October, the Austrian ORF Long Night of Museums, took place. At this public event, museums in Vienna are opening for the night and visitors are able to visit participating museums with one single ticket. Besides the normal exhibitions, there are several events taking place over the night. The SPIE/OSA Student Chapter of the Medical University of Vienna participated with a 3D printed demonstrator device. Fabian assisted with explanations and introductions to Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and different projects at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, including the endoscope development in the framework of the FBI-project.
All visitors were interested in the principle and the application of the OCT. Answering engaging questions and raising interest in biomedical imaging all members of the SPIE/OSA Student Chapter welcomed around 1,500 visitors. Besides observing a printing 3D printer, the visitors experienced the OCT on samples like bone, muscle, fruits or leaves. Additionally to the knowledge about OCT and its application, the visitors got the OCT sample depth scans as a printout.
All in all, it was an outstanding event and advertisement for the exciting research field of Optical Coherence Tomography and its applications.