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Michael Pircher
Assoc. Prof. DI Dr. Michael Pircher

Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Position: Associate Professor

ORCID: 0000-0001-9285-7527
T +43 1 40400 73732

Further Information


Diagnostic Imaging; Optical Devices; Optical Imaging; Retina; Tomography, Optical Coherence

Research group(s)

  • Advanced Optical Imaging

Research interests

His scientific interest lies in retinal imaging, adaptive optics, new contrast techniques in optical coherence tomography, coherence microscopy.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive optical imaging technique that records cross sectional images of biological tissue with high axial resolution. The combination of OCT with adaptive optics enables the visualization of cellular structures such as cone and rod photoreceptors in the human eye.

Selected publications

  1. Pircher, M. et al., 2003. Speckle reduction in optical coherence tomography by frequency compounding. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 8(3), p.565. Available at:
  2. Pircher, M., Hitzenberger, C.K. & Schmidt-Erfurth, U., 2011. Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography in the human eye. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, 30(6), pp.431-451. Available at:
  3. Felberer, F. et al., 2014. Adaptive optics SLO/OCT for 3D imaging of human photoreceptors in vivo. Biomedical Optics Express, 5(2), p.439. Available at:
  4. Pircher, M. et al., 2006. Human Macula Investigated In Vivo with Polarization-Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography. Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science, 47(12), p.5487. Available at:
  5. Pircher, M. & Zawadzki, R.J., 2017. Review of adaptive optics OCT (AO-OCT): principles and applications for retinal imaging [Invited]. Biomedical Optics Express, 8(5), p.2536. Available at: