New York, NYAugust 21, 2013: MIT Technology Review today revealed its prestigious annual list of 35 top young innovators, which includes Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Christine Fleming. Selected from hundreds of nominations, she is being honored as an outstanding inventor on the list for her work in the field of biotechnology and medicine.
"I am thrilled to receive such a notable recognition of my work," says Fleming, whose research is focused on developing optical imaging and spectroscopy instruments for applications in cardiac electrophysiology and interventional cardiology. "I hope this will draw attention to cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of mortality in the United Statesit's critical that we continue to develop technologies to detect abnormalities at early stages and develop effective therapies to treat this pervasive illness."
Fleming is working on giving cardiologists a powerful new tool: high-resolution films of the living heart, available in real time during cardiac procedures. To do this, she is using optical coherence tomography (OCT), a non-invasive imaging technique that provides depth-resolved, high-resolution images of tissue microstructure in real-time, and designing flexible catheter probes to image various parts of the body, including the heart chambers.
"You can think of OCT as 'optical ultrasound'," she says. "It provides imaging reflections from within tissue to provide cross-sectional images, at a much higher resolution than other imaging techniques such as MRI or ultrasound."
Fleming hopes her technology will help doctors find the source of irregular heart rhythms, develop more effective therapies without invasive biopsies, improve early diagnosis, and even monitor treatment.
Fleming joined Columbia Engineering in 2012 after completing her doctoral work at Case Western R
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