This paper describes the system calibration and demodulation procedures used in an investigation of the scatter-specific tissue contrast that can be obtained by high spatial frequency (HSF) domain imaging and cross- polarization (CP) imaging using an inexpensive color imaging system. <p> </p>HSF and CP imaging methods are both known to alter the reflectance image sensitivity to diffuse multiply- scattered and superficially backscattered photons. This results in enhanced contrast, compared to standard wide-field imaging, based on tissue surface microstructure and composition. Measurements in tissue-simulating optical phantoms show that CP images display contrast based on both scattering and absorption, while HSF is specifically sensitive to scatter-only contrast, strongly suppressing absorption-based contrast. By altering the frequency used, the degree of contrast suppression or enhancement can be tuned.<sup>1</sup> This suggests that an inexpensive HSF imaging system could have potential to aid diagnostic procedures, where CP is the current state-of-the-art imaging modality.