Dr. Hartwig accomplished a degree in Electronic Engineering in 2003 and a PhD in Automatics, Robotics and Bioengineering in 2010, both at Pisa University. Since 2012 she’s been the researcher at the Clinical Physiology Institute of CNR in Pisa where she takes care of processing NIRS images for medical diagnostics and of studying the interactions between electromagnetic fields in Magnetic Resonance and biological tissues. She is also involved in the development and realization of radiofrequency coils for MR and instruments of measure and esteem of occupational exposure in MR.
Dr. Hartwig will participate to the EUBS Congress on September, 15 during the “ECHM Workshop” session with the speech “NIRS 2D to predict the Venous Leg Ulcers healing trajectory in HBOT patients”.
Dr. Hartwig, could you explain which areas and specific issues your business is focused on?
My research activity concerns mainly the diagnostic imaging with non-ionizing technologies. Specifically, I take care of the elaboration of images acquired by using the technique of spectroscopy in the close infrared or Magnetic Resonance. Moreover, my research activity concerns the study of interaction between electromagnetic fields in Magnetic Resonance and biological tissues because of occupational exposure problems both for patients and professionals.
What will be the topic of your speech at the EUBS Congress?
The speech at the EUBS Congress will feature the preliminary results of an on-going study on the use of the spectroscopy technique in the close infrared NIRS to obtain images of venous ulcers in patients undertaking hyperbaric chamber, in co-operation with the Hyperbaric Centre of Ravenna. The purpose of the study is to understand if the NIRS technique can be helpful for the prediction of the healing trend in wounds treated with HBOT.
In your opinion, what are the three factors that have most influenced and changed the sector you are dealing with?
In the field of bioengineering research, the continuous technological evolution assumes a great role; it allows having innovative instruments for clinical diagnosis and the esteem and prevision of higher and higher number of parameters useful to doctors. It is obviously fundamental the co-operation among several professional figures, that is to say engineers, technicians, doctors, nurses etc. Lastly, the strong competitiveness in terms of participation to national and international projects makes it necessary not only to present ideas of a high scientific significance, but also to create new and strong research groups.
We thank Dr. Hartwig for her availability and we are looking forward to listening to her intervention at the EUBS Congress 2017!