Sept. 18, 2008, Mike Burka

Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Detection of Lipid Core Coronary Plaques

Note: Meeting to be held at Goodrich - Details pending

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and in most developed nations. Most heart attacks appear to be due to the disruption of lipid core lesions, known as Vulnerable Plaques, in the coronary arteries.

A catheter-based Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) system has been developed and is now in use clinically for the detection of lipid core plaques in the coronary arteries. The chemical composition of the vascular wall can be measured through blood during percutaneous coronary interventions, and lipid core containing plaques that are suspected to be vulnerable can be distinguished from other types of plaques that are considered to be less likely to rupture and cause death. The method has been tested successfully in a prospective study using coronary autopsy specimens and comparing NIRS results to histologic analysis in a double-blind clinical study. This talk will present an overview of the NIRS Coronary Imaging System and the data validating its accuracy.

Goodrich will need the name and citizenship for each attendee. Please include this when you make a reservation. All are welcome to this talk regardless of citizenship.

Michael Burka

Michael Burka is the Director of Hardware Engineering at InfraReDx, Inc., a medical device company with expertise in near-infrared spectroscopic technology and its application to coronary imaging. He received his Ph.D. in High Energy Physics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1986. Since then he has worked in the fields of gravitational radiation detection, high altitude atmospheric LIDAR, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and Raman process spectroscopy. During the bubble he developed optical components for telecom. He was President of NES/OSA in 2000-2001.


DINNER reservations are required by noon, September 15, 2008, the Monday of the meeting. MEETING ONLY reservations are required by noon, September 18, 2008, the day of the meeting. 

Please make reservations online. Reservations may also be left on the answering machine at 617.584.0266. We no longer have an email address for reservations due to SPAM. When making reservation requests, please provide the following information: 

  • DINNER AND MEETING or meeting only
  • Name(s) and membership status
  • Daytime phone number where you can be reached (in case of change or cancellation)


Goodrich Corporation
Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems
5 Omni Way
Chelmsford, MA 01824-4142
TEL: 978-967-2100
FAX: 978-967-2205

Directions to Goodrich

Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:30, Meeting—7:30 PM.


Dinner will include --- and coffee, tea, or milk.

Vegetarian option available on request 

Dinner Prices:

Members and their guests$25.00 each
Non-members$30.00 (See NOTE Below)

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Regular members$15.00
Student membersfree

NOTE: The extra $5.00 of the non-member dinner fee can be used toward membership dues if the nonmember joins and pays dues for the current year at the meeting.