1 December 2011 Development of a noncontact diffuse optical spectroscopy probe for measuring tissue optical properties
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J. of Biomedical Optics, 16(12), 120505 (2011). doi:10.1117/1.3662459
Optical reflectance probes are often used as tools to obtain optical spectra from superficial tissues and subsequently determine optical and physiological properties associated with early stage cancer. These probes, when placed directly on the tissue, are known to cause significant pressure-dependent changes in local optical properties. To address this, we fit the probe with an optical device that images the illumination and collection fibers onto the tissue surface, eliminating the influence of contact probe pressure on the sampling area. The noncontact probe addition addresses new optical conditions that may affect its performance such as tissue surface contour, and specular reflections by implementing an autofocusing mechanism and cross polarization. Extracted optical properties of tissue simulating phantoms yield errors of 3.46% in reduced scattering and 8.62% in absorbance. Autofocusing has extended the depth of field from 4 mm to throughout the 12 mm range of autofocus travel, while cross polarization has removed the incidence angle dependent specular reflection component from the collected signal.
Sheldon F. Bish, Narasimhan Rajaram, Brandon S. Nichols, James W. Tunnell, "Development of a noncontact diffuse optical spectroscopy probe for measuring tissue optical properties," Journal of Biomedical Optics 16(12), 120505 (1 December 2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3662459
Submission: Received ; Accepted

Tissue optics




Optical properties

Specular reflections


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