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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Preparation and characterization of polyurethane optical phantoms
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Paper Abstract

We describe a method for the preparation of a polyurethane phantom to simulate the optical properties of biologic tissues at two wavelengths in the visible and near-infrared spectral range. We characterize the addition of added molecular absorbers with relatively narrow absorption bands [full width at half maximum (FWHM) 32 and 76 nm for Epolight 6084 and 4148, respectively] for independent absorption at 690 nm for absorption up to 5 cm–1, and 830 nm for absorptions up to 3 cm–1. Absorption by both dyes is linear with concentration in these respective regions and is consistent in polyurethane both before and after curing. The dyes are stable over long durations with no more than 4% change. The absorption of visible light by polyurethane decreases with time and is stable by one year with a drop of 0.03±0.003 cm–1 from 500 to 830 nm. The scattering properties are selected by the addition of TiO2 particles to the polyurethane, which we functionally describe for the 690- and 830-nm wavelengths as related to the weight per volume. We demonstrate that the variation in absorption and scattering properties for large batch fabrication (12 samples) is ±3%. The optical properties of the phantoms have not significantly changed in a period of exceeding one year, which makes them suitable for use as a reference standard.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2006
PDF: 10 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 11(4) 041103 doi: 10.1117/1.2240972
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 11, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Theodore P. Moffitt, Oregon Health & Science Univ. (United States)
Yin-Chu Chen, Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine (United States)
Scott A. Prahl, Providence St. Vincent Medical Ctr. (United States)


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