harnessing terahertz technology
Director - Ruth M. Woodward, Ph.D.

Ruth Woodward is founder of HT Consultants Ltd, UK. She is currently Vice Chair of the Standards Committee in SPIE's Global Homeland Security Technical Group and an active member of several optics and photonics organisations. As author and co-author of many first publications on the imaging of skin and skin cancer using terahertz technology, she has given invited talks on the application of terahertz technology in medical imaging in both the US and Europe. At Photonics West 2005 she will be giving a new short course on terahertz technology for those interested in medical imaging and spectroscopy.


• Security and defence related applications of terahertz technology
• Five years experience in the scientific study and commercialisation of terahertz technology. Her Ph.D thesis entitled 'Terahertz Pulsed Imaging and Spectroscopy Applied to Dermatology' focused on the application of terahertz technology for the imaging of epithelial cancers, specifically basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer. The success of her work and others led to the development and commercialisation of terahertz imaging and spectroscopy systems for medical imaging applications
• Former Research Associate at TeraView Ltd and Post Doctorate at the Jefferson Laboratory
• Inventor on two patents and first author on the imaging of skin cancer using terahertz technology
• Author and co-author of many publications and conference proceedings on terahertz imaging of skin and skin cancer
• Numerous press releases worldwide on her terahertz research relating to skin and skin cancer, including The Times and BBC1 news (Look East)

During the course of her Ph.D, world first achievements included:

• The first to generate terahertz images of basal cell carcinoma, identifying a contrast between diseased and normal tissue, including basal cell carcinoma in vivo
• The first to carry out statistical analysis on diseased tissue using terahertz technology
• The first to generate quasi-3D images of skin cancer using terahertz technology
• The first to identify an increase in absorption and refractive index in disease tissue in basal cell carcinoma

Ruth Woodward is also an alumni member of Imperial College London and Girton College, Cambridge, UK.

Ph.D. Terahertz imaging and spectroscopy applied to dermatology, University of Cambridge (Girton College), UK

MSc Semiconductor Science and Technology, Imperial College London, UK

BSc Physics with a year in Europe (Germany), Imperial College London, UK
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