Transcranial Cerebral Oximetry


Gerhard Litscher and Gerhard Schwarz (Eds.)


Pabst Science Publishers



ISBN: 3931660850







The state-of-the art of near infrared spectroscopy for noninvasive transcranial monitoring of cerebral oxygenation is fully described in this book. International experts demonstrate the methodology and the clinical and research results that have been achieved in highly specialized technical and medical centers. The advantages and limits of the technique are critically discussed.

The book is a valuable clinical resource for a widespread readership in the fields of critical care medicine, anesthesiology, neonatology, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, hyperbaric medicine, biomedical engineering, traditional Chinese medicine, and other fields.




The object of this book is to provide concise, comprehensive coverage of the latest developments and clinical applications in transcranial cerebral oximetry, a new technique to monitor cerebral function noninvasive.

Near infrared spectroscopy has gained importance in critical care medicine, anesthesiology, neonatology, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, neurology, neurosurgery and other fields. Nearly each specialty will be presented in separate chapters so that the reader can find the latest information and references regarding the specific topic.

The instruments for transcranial cerebral oximetry are presently under intense development. Scientific research and industrial production will have to proceed hand in hand.

We the editors have been involved in neuromonitoring in the Research Groups of Biomedical Engineering and Neurosurgical Anesthesiology at the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Graz for more than 15 years. For this book we have worked with authors at leading research institutions worldwide to develop new methods and present current clinical results, topics for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students.

The book covers key aspects of near infrared spectroscopy and includes new and state-of-the-art articles covering exiting developments as well as hints for practical clinical use. We thank all of the authors for their excellent contributions. The successful clinical use of near infrared spectroscopy is a result of their expertise and their suggestions for development of future topics.

In the future the spirit of the man who discovered photons, Albert Einstein, in near infrared spectroscopy will provide answers to the open questions.


Gerhard Litscher and Gerhard Schwarz

Graz, October 1997