Multispectral imaging of human tissue is a powerful method that allows for quantify scattering and absorption parameters of the tissue and differentiate tissue types or identify pathology. This method requires imaging at multiple wavelengths and then fitting the measured data to a model based on light transport theory. Earlier, a mobile phone based multi-spectral imaging system was developed to image the uterine cervix from the colposcopy geometry, outside the patient’s body at a distance of 200-300 mm. Such imaging of a distance object has inherent challenges, as bright and homogenous illumination is required. Several solutions addressing this problem were developed, with varied degrees of success. In this paper, several multi-spectral illumination setups were developed and tested for brightness and uniformity. All setups were specifically designed with low cost in mind, utilizing a printed circuit board with surface-mounted LEDs. The three setups include: LEDs illuminating the target directly, LEDs illuminating focused by a 3D printed miniature lens array, and LEDs coupled to a mixing lens and focusing optical system. In order to compare the illumination uniformity and intensity performance two experiments were performed. Test results are presented, and various tradeoffs between the three system configurations are discussed. Test results are presented, and various tradeoffs between the three system configurations are discussed.
Frank J. Bolton, Amir Bernat, Steven L. Jacques, and David Levitz, "Development and testing of a homogenous multi-wavelength LED light source," Proc. SPIE 10055, Optics and Biophotonics in Low-Resource Settings III, 100550R (Presented at SPIE BiOS: January 29, 2017; Published: 3 March 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2252386.
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