Many studies have shown that the stiffness of elastic arteries like the aorta independently predicts

cardiovascular risk. the gold standard for the arterial stiffness assessment in daily practice is the carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV). This index is the best predictive value for cardiovascular outcome and the ease of its measurement. Laser-Doppler Vibrometry (LDV) is a laser-based technique that allows measuring the motion or velocity of moving targets with high spatial (order of micrometer) and temporal (kHz) resolution. This research line is focused on the innovative method to assess the arterial stiffness, analysing the carotid-femoral PWV from the LDV signals that are acquired using a multi-beam system, based on integrated photonics. This topic is involved in the activities of a European Project.


  • Filippo Molinari (Full Professor)
  • Silvia Seoni (Research Assistant)
  • Funded project:

  • InSiDe - Integrated silicon photonics for Cardiovascular Disease monitoring