Ivo Čáp

University of Žilina

Prof. Ivo Čáp, MSc, Ph.D., graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Czech Technical University Prague. He was engaged in the physics of solids for thirty years. Currently, he is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Žilina, Slovakia. His research focus is on modeling the cardiovascular system using an electromagnetic analogy, optical plethysmography, and interaction of the electromagnetic field with living organisms. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and six textbooks on the physics of solids, ultrasonic methods, and electromagnetic and biomedical phenomena. He is the national head of the Physics Olympiad in Slovakia.

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The book deals with the analysis of oscillations, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and their use in medicine. Each chapter contains the theoretical basis and the use of relevant phenomena in medical practice. Description of oscillations is important for understanding waves and the nature of magnetic resonance. A chapter on mechanical waves describes the origin and properties of sound, infrasound and ultrasound, their medical applications, and perception of sound by human hearing. A chapter on electromagnetic waves examines their origin, properties, and applications in therapy and diagnostics. Subsequent chapters describe how interference and diffraction lead to applications like optical imaging, holography, virtual reality, and perception of light by human vision. Also addressed is how quantum properties of radiation helped develop the laser scalpel, fluorescence microscopy, spectroscopy, X-rays, and gamma radiation.

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