Journal of Biomedical Optics

Editor-in-Chief: Brian W. Pogue, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

The Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO) is a Gold Open Access journal that publishes peer-reviewed papers on the use of novel optical systems and techniques for improved health care and biomedical research.

On the cover: The figure is from the article "Shortwave infrared spatial frequency domain imaging for non-invasive measurement of tissue and blood optical properties" by Anahita Pilvar, Jorge Plutzky, Mark C. Pierce, and Darren Roblyer, in JBO Volume 27 Issue 6.

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Calls for Papers
How to Submit a Manuscript

Regular papers: Submissions of regular papers are always welcome.

Special section papers: Open calls for papers are listed below. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for a particular special section should be included with the paper.

To submit a paper, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the online submission systemLeaving site. All papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. JBO is a Gold Open Access journal. Authors of accepted papers will be required to pay an article processing charge of $1675. Discounts may apply. Click here for more details.

Short Wave Infrared Techniques and Applications in Biomedical Optics
Publication Date
TBD
Submission Deadline
Submissions accepted through 1 September 2022
Guest Editors

University of California San Francisco, USA
E-mail: daniel.fried@ucsf.edu

Rutgers University, USA
E-mail: mark.pierce@rutgers.edu

Boston University, USA
E-mail: roblyer@bu.edu

Scope

The application of short-wave infrared (SWIR) wavelengths to biomedical applications has inspired a significant number of research studies in the past few years.  This comes as efficient sensors are invented that can be used to detect this wavelength range, and commercialization of them has proliferated.  The basic investigations into using this wavelength band have shown pilot results with increased penetrance and higher spatial resolution as compared to visible or near infrared (NIR) wavelengths that are commonly used.  Innovations in molecular or nanoparticle-based contrast agents to emit within this wavelength band have been created.  This special section will bring together papers around these topics that will help to build and define the understanding of this emerging field.

Manuscripts are solicited from authors around SWIR that include:

  • Imaging methods

  • Spatial resolution & depth sensing

  • Biosensing

  • Tissue-specific imaging and sensing

  • SWIR spectroscopy

  • Contrast agents for in vitro or in vivo use

  • Surgical imaging in vivo

  • Metabolic imaging in vivo

  • Comparisons of technologies with biomedical relevance.

The special section opens for submissions in conjunction with the JBO Hot Topics Webinar on SWIR Imaging and Diagnostic, 18 April 2022. Learn about the webinar series and register for free.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within six weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the JBO author guidelines. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://jbo.msubmit.net. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

Image from Byrd et al., doi 10.1117/1.JBO.24.8.080501

Seeing Inside Tissue with Optical Molecular Probes
Publication Date
TBD
Submission Deadline
Submissions accepted through 30 September 2022
Guest Editors

Rutgers University, USA
E-mail: nboustan@soe.rutgers.edu

Northeastern University, USA
E-mail: mniedre@ece.neu.edu

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
E-mail: manojit@ntu.edu.sg

Scope

Noninvasive imaging can revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening diseases such as cancer and improve healthcare outcomes. While various imaging modalities exist to visualize tissue anatomy, observing molecules or molecular phenotypes within tissue is challenging. Optical probes hold the advantage of a unique contrast, via absorption, scattering, or fluorescence. Optical probe imaging of tissue has many scales of observation, including microscopy, surface imaging, diffuse tomography, or hybrid imaging such as with photoacoustics. The key value of optical probes is that they can further enhance the sensitivity, contrast and imaging depth into tissue, augmenting the capabilities of physical imaging systems. The use of exogenous probes to gain a deeper understanding of structural, metabolic, immunologic, and genetic molecular processes in vivo can provide fundamental breakthrough observations through the acquisition of optical signals in biology and medicine.

This special section on seeing inside tissue with optical molecular probes will be devoted to advanced molecular probe for optical imaging and sensing. Topics of interest include:

  • Optical imaging systems linked to molecular imaging
  • Endogenous and exogenous contrast agents
  • Genetically encoding probes
  • Metabolic probes
  • Immunology probes
  • Genetic probes
  • Nanoparticle probes
  • Novel approaches to molecular imaging data analysis
  • Optical monitoring of drugs, contrast agents
  • Multi-modal molecular imaging techniques
  • Clinical translation of optical molecular imaging, spectroscopy
  • Advanced microscopy using probes
  • Advanced endoscopy
  • Optical biopsy
  • Spectroscopic imaging and sensing of probes in tissue
  • Multispectral imaging and sensing of probes in tissue
  • Scattering, absorption, Raman or fluorescence imaging of probes in vivo.

The special section opens for submissions in conjunction with the JBO Hot Topics Webinar on Seeing Inside Tissue with Optical Molecular Probes, 7 February 2022. Learn about the webinar series and register for free.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Peer review will commence immediately upon manuscript submission, with a goal of making a first decision within six weeks of manuscript submission. Special sections are opened online once a minimum of four papers have been accepted. Each paper is published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. Submissions should follow the JBO author guidelines. Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://jbo.msubmit.net. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included.

Image from Obaid et al., 10.1117/1.JBO.22.12.121607

Published Special Sections

30 Years of Open Source Monte Carlo Codes in Biomedical Optics (August 2022 - in progress)
Guest Editors: Qianqian Fang, Fabrizio Martelli, and Lothar Lilge

Tissue Phantoms to Advance Biomedical Optical Systems (July 2022 - in progress)
Guest Editors: Dimitris Gorpas, T. Joshua Pfefer, and Heidrun Wabnitz

Wearable, Implantable, Mobile, and Remote Biomedical Optics & Photonics (August 2020 - June 2021)
Guest Editors: Jessica Ramella-Roman, Amir H. Gandjbakhche, Stephen C. Kanick, Babak Shadgan, and Bruce J. Tromberg

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Biomedical Optics (September 2020 - May 2021)
Guest Editors: Behrouz Shabestri, Mark A. Anastasio, Baowei Fei, and Frédéric Leblond

Advances in Terahertz Biomedical Science and Applications (December 2020 - April 2021)
Guest Editors: Kirill I. Zaytsev, Vladimir N. Kurlov, Maksim Skorobogatiy, Igor V. Reshetov, and Valery V. Tuchin

Biomedical Imaging and Sensing III (two-part series: December 2020 and March 2021)
Guest Editors: Toyohiko Yatagai, Osamu Matoba, Yoshihisa Aizu, Yasuhiro Awatsuji, Osamu Matoba, and Yuan Luo

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging and Optical Micromechanics (July 2020) 
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Photodynamic Therapy (June 2020)
Guest Editors: Kimberley S. Samkoe, Jonathan P. Celli, Timothy C. Zhu

Biomedical Imaging and Sensing II (March 2020)
Guest Editors: Toyohiko Yatagai, Yasuhiro Awatsuji, Osamu Matoba, Yuan Luo, and Yoshihisa Aizu

Celebrating Thirty Years of Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences (January 2020)
Guest Editors: Ammasi Periasamy, Karsten König, and Peter T.C. So

Celebrating the Exponential Growth of Biomedical Optoacoustic/Photoacoustic Imaging (December 2019)
Guest Editors: Mark Anastasio, Paul Beard, Alexander A. Oraevsky, and Lihong V. Wang

Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging (July 2019)
Guest Editors: David Cuccia, Anthony Durkin, Sylvain Gioux, Amaan Mazhar, and Bruce Tromberg

Metabolic Imaging and Spectroscopy: Britton Chance 105th Birthday Commemorative (May 2019)
Guest Editors: Lin Z. Li, Arjun G. Yodh, and David Busch

Biomedical Imaging and Sensing (March 2019)
Guest Editors: Toyohiko Yatagai, Yasuhiro Awatsuji, Osamu Matoba, Yuan Luo, and Yoshihisa Aizu

Translational Biophotonics (February 2019)
Guest Editors: Bruce J. Tromberg, Gabriela Apiou, Markus Kleeman, and Regina Choe

Laser-Tissue Interaction and Optical Properties of Biological Tissues: Honoring Prof. Steven Jacques, a Pioneer in Biomedical Optics (December 2018)
Guest Editors: Jessica Ramella-Roman, Andreas Hielscher, and Lihong V. Wang

Topical Problems of Biophotonics: from Optical Bioimaging to Clinical Biophotonics (September 2018)
Guest Editors: Mikhail Kirillin, Kirill Larin, Ilya Turchin, and Valery Tuchin

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Optogenetics and Label-Free Optical Spectroscopy (July 2018)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

White Papers in Biophotonics (February 2018)
Guest Editor: David Sampson

25 years of OCT (December 2017)
Guest Editors: David Sampson, Peter Andersen, Ton van Leeuwen, and Ricky Wang

Translational Biophotonics (December 2017)
Guest Editors: Guest Editors: Bruce Tromberg, Gabriela Apiou, Darren Roblyer, and Aaron Aguirre

Advanced Laser Technologies for Biophotonics (September 2017)
Guest Editors: Martin J. Leahy, Tia E. Keyes, Valery V. Tuchin, and Alexander V. Priezzhev

Photoacoustic Imaging and Sensing (April 2017)
Guest Editors: Mark A. Anastasio, Paul C. Beard, and Qing Zhu

Translational Biophotonics (2016)
Guest Editors: Bruce Tromberg, Gabriela Apiou, Kristen Kelly, and Conor L. Evans

Adaptive Optics and Wavefront Control for Biological Systems (December 2016)
Guest Editors: Thomas G. Bifano, Joel A. Kubby, and Sylvain Gigan

Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside (October 2016)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche, Bruce Tromberg, Israel Gannot, Jana M. Kainerstorfer, and Fatima Chowdhry

Clinical Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging (September 2016)
Guest Editors: Marco Ferrari, Joseph P. Culver, Yoko Hoshi, and Heidrun Wabnitz

Tissue and Blood Optical Clearing for Biomedical Applications (August 2016)
Guest Editors: Dan Zhu, Bernard Choi, Elina Genina, Valery V. Tuchin

Polarized Light for Biomedical Applications (July 2016)
Guest Editors: Igor Meglinski, Tatiana Novikova, Jessica C. Ramella-Roman, and Valery V. Tuchin

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Photoacoustic Tomography and Fiber-Based Lasers and Supercontinuum Sources (June 2016)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Optical Medical Imaging Standards (December 2015)
Guest Editors: David W. Allen, Maritoni Litorja, and Jeeseong Hwang

Quantitative Phase Imaging in Biomedicine (November 2015)
Guest Editors: Gabriel Popescu and YongKeun Park

Protein Photonics for Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation: Honoring Prof. Osamu Shimomura, a Pioneer of Photonics for Biomedical Research (October 2015)
Guest Editors: Katsumasa Fujita, Takeharu Nagai, Nathan Shaner, and Alexnader Egner

Light for Life: International Year of Light 2015 (June 2015)
Guest Editors: Rainer Leitgeb, Katarina Svanberg, Nimmi Ramanujam, Jürgen Popp, and Peter Andersen

Laser Applications in Life Sciences (May 2015)
Guest Editors: Alexander V. Priezzhev, Herbert Schneckenburger, and Valery V. Tuchin

Vibrational Spectroscopy and Imaging (November 2014)
Guest Editors: Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Michael D. Morris, and Wolfgang Petrich

Biomimetic and Bioinspired Materials for Applications in Biophotonics (October 2014)
Guest Editors: Bahman Anvari, Pablo del Pino, Vikas Kundra, and Wolfgang Parak

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Optical Coherence Tomography and Biomolecular Imaging with Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy (July 2014)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Nanobio-Based Optical Sensing and Imaging (May 2014)
Guest Editors: Min-Gon Kim, Woo Keun Song, Kun Ho Lee, and Bahman Anvari

Optical Coherence Tomography and Interferometry: Advanced Engineering and Biomedical Applications (February 2014)
Guest Editors: Valery V. Tuchin, Kirill V. Larin, and Alex Vitkin

Advanced Biomedical Imaging and Sensing (January 2014)
Guest Editors: Chi-Kuang Sun, Arthur Chiou, Fu-Jen Kao, Chien Chou, and Chen-Yuan Dong

Special Section on Optical Elastography and Measurement of Tissue Biomechanics (December 2013)
Guest Editors: Ruikang K. Wang, David D. Sampson, Stephen A. Boppart, and Brendan F. Kennedy

Optical Imaging, Sensing, and Light Interactions in Cells and Tissues (November 2013)
Guest Editors: Natan T. Shaked, Shy Shoham, Bruce J. Tromberg, and Israel Gannot

Special Section on Fluorescence Molecular Imaging Honoring Prof. Roger Tsien, a Pioneer in Biomedical Optics (October 2013)
Guest Editors: Vasilis Ntziachristos, Samuel Achilefu, Yingxiao Peter Wang, and Michael Lin

Optical Methods of Imaging in the Skin (June 2013)
Guest Editor: Jürgen Lademann

Multiphoton Microscopy: Technical Innovations, Biological Applications, and Clinical Diagnostics (March 2013)
Guest Editors: Paul J. Campagnola, Chen-Yuan Dong, Karsten Koenig, Jerome Mertz, Peter T. C. So, Chris Xu

Laser Technologies for Biomedical Applications (October 2012)
Guest Editors: Ekaterina Borisova, Herbert Schneckenburger, Alexander Priezzhev

Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside (August 2012)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche, Jana M. Kainerstorfer, and Bruce Tromberg

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Optical Coherence Tomography and Medical Imaging Using Diffuse Optics (July 2012)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Photoacoustic Imaging and Sensing (June 2012)
Guest Editors: Mark A. Anastasio and Paul C. Beard

Endomicroscopy Technologies and Biomedical Applications (February 2012)
Guest editors: Xingde Li and Warren S. Grundfest

FRET at 65 (January 2012)
Guest editors: Ammasi Periasamy, Steven S. Vogel, and Robert M. Clegg

Hard-Tissue Optics and Related Methods (July 2011)
Guest editors: Daniel Fried, Andreas Mandelis, and Michael Morris

Photonics and Nanotechnology in Biophysics and Biomedical Research (May 2011)
Guest editors: Bahman Anvari, Raoul Kopelman, and Luke P. Lee

Coherent Raman Imaging Techniques and Biomedical Applications (February 2011)
Guest editors: Eric O. Potma, Ji-Xin Cheng, and X. Sunney Xie

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Michael Feld (January 2011)
Guest Editors: Ramachandra Dasari, Rebecca Richards-Kortum, and Andrew Berger

Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside (November/December 2010)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche, Bruce Tromberg, and Jana Maria Kainerstorfer

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Prof. Tayyaba Hasan (September/October 2010)
Guest Editors: Brian W. Pogue, Georges A. Wagnieres, and Lothar D. Lilge

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Photodynamic Therapy and Optical Micromanipulation for Biophotonics (July/August 2010)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing (March/April 2010)
Guest Editors: Lihong V. Wang and Alexander A. Oraevsky

Optical Methods in Vascular Biology and Medicine (January/February 2010)
Guest Editors: Bernard Choi, Brett Bouma, Dai Fukumura, and Rakesh K. Jain

Nanophotonics for Diagnostics, Protection, and Treatment of Cancer and Inflammatory Diseases (March/April 2009)
Guest Editors: Valery V. Tuchin, Rebekah Drezek, Shuming Nie, and Vladimir P. Zharov

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Diffuse Optics and Optical Molecular Imaging (July/August 2008)
Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Visible Fluorescent Proteins (May/June 2008)
Guest Editors: Alberto "Alby" Diaspro and Ammasi Periasamy

Optical Clearing of Tissues and Cells (March/April 2008)
Guest Editors: Valery V. Tuchin, Ruikang K. Wang, and Alvin T. Yeh

Small-Animal Optical Imaging (January/February 2008)
Guest Editors: Vasilis Ntziachristos, Joseph P. Culver, and Bradley W. Rice

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Honoring F.F. Jobsis (November/December 2007)
Guest Editors: David T. Delpy, Marco Ferrari, Claude A. Piantadosi, and Mamoru Tamura

Optical Diagnostic Imaging from Bench to Bedside (September/October 2007)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche and Abby Vogel

Optical Coherence Tomography in Ophtalmology (July/August 2007)
Guest Editors: Wolfgang Drexler and James G. Fujimoto

Photonics in the Auditory System (March/April 2007)
Guest Editors: Bahman Anvari, William E. Brownell, Dennis M. Freeman, and Mats Ulfendahl

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Honoring Professor Ashley J. Welch (July/August 2006)
Guest Editors: E. Duco Jansen and Sohi Rastegar

Cardiovascular Photonics (March/April 2006)
Guest Editors: Laura Marcu, Guillermo J. Tearney, and Kenton W. Gregory

Optical Diagnostic Imaging from Bench to Bedside (September/October 2005)
Guest Editors: Amir Gandjbakhche and Israel Gannot

Chemical and Genetic Sensors in Biomedical Research (July/August 2005)
Guest Editors: Samuel Achilefu, Christopher H. Contag, Alexander P. Savitsky, and Ralph Weissleder

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy (May/June 2005)
Guest Editors: Michael D. Morris, Andrew Berger, and Anita Mahadevan-Jansen

Optics in Neuroscience (January/February 2005)
Guest Editors: David A. Boas, Ph.D. and Ron D. Frostig, Ph.D.

Optics in Breast Cancer (November 2004)
Guest Editors: Sergio Fantini, Ph.D., K. Thomas Moesta, M.D., and Brian W. Pogue, Ph.D.

Pioneers in Biomedical Optics: Prof. Watt Webb (September 2004)
Guest Editors: David W. Piston and Elliott Elson

Biomedical Optics and Women's Health (May 2004)
Guest Editors: Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Michele Follen

Optics of the Human Skin (March 2004)
Guest Editor: J. Stuart Nelson

Ophthalmic Diagnostics (January 2004)
Guest Editors: Rafat R. Ansari and J. Sebag

Multiphoton Microscopy (July 2003)
Guest Editors: Ammasi Periasamy Ph.D. and Alberto Diaspro Ph.D.

Tools for Biomolecular and Cellular Analysis (October 2002)
Guest Editors: Richard B. Thompson and Fran Ligler

Tissue Polarimetry (July 2002)
Guest Editors: Lihong V. Wang, Gerard L. Coté, and Steven L. Jacques

Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy: From Benchtop to Bedside (January 2002)
Guest Editors: Amir H. Gandjbakhche, Michael Patterson, and Michele Follen

Frontiers in Microscopy (July 2001)
Guest Editors: M. J. Booth and T. Wilson

Advances in Contrast Agents, Reporters, and Detection (April 2001)
Guest Editors: Darryl J. Bornhop, Christopher H. Contag, Kai Licha, and Catherine J. Murphy

Continuation of Special Issue Honoring Professor Britton Chance (July 2000)
Special Issue Honoring Professor Britton Chance (April 2000)
Guest Editors: Arjun G. Yodh and Bruce J. Tromberg

Medical Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (October 1999)
Guest Editors: Kazuo Okada and Takafumi Hamaoka

Photodynamic Therapy (July 1999)
Guest Editors: Piotr Ziókowski, Krzysztof Symonowicz, Beata J. Osiecka, Jerzy Rabczyski, and Jerzy Gerber

Biomedical Applications of Vibrational Spectroscopic Imaging (January 1999)
Guest Editor: Michael D. Morris

Optical Diagnostics of Biological Fluids (January 1999)
Guest Editors: Alexander V. Priezzhev and Toshimitsu Asakura

Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinics (January 1999)
Guest Editors: Valery V. Tuchin, Halina Podbielska, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger

Interferometry in Biomedicine: part 2 (July 1998)
Interferometry in Biomedicine: part 1 (January 1998)
Guest Editors: Halina Podbielska, Christoph K. Hitzenberger, and Valery V. Tuchin

Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging of Tissues (October 1996)
Guest Editors: Marco Ferrari, David T. Delpy, and David A. Benaron

Light Scatter and Fluorescence of the Eye Lens (July 1996)
Guest Editor: Barbara K. Pierscionek

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