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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Real-time intraoperative fluorescence imaging system using light-absorption correction
Author(s): George Themelis; Jung Sun Yoo; Kwangsup Soh; Ralf B. Schulz; Vasilis Ntziachristos
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Paper Abstract

We present a novel fluorescence imaging system developed for real-time interventional imaging applications. The system implements a correction scheme that improves the accuracy of epi-illumination fluorescence images for light intensity variation in tissues. The implementation is based on the use of three cameras operating in parallel, utilizing a common lens, which allows for the concurrent collection of color, fluorescence, and light attenuation images at the excitation wavelength from the same field of view. The correction is based on a ratio approach of fluorescence over light attenuation images. Color images and video is used for surgical guidance and for registration with the corrected fluorescence images. We showcase the performance metrics of this system on phantoms and animals, and discuss the advantages over conventional epi-illumination systems developed for real-time applications and the limits of validity of corrected epi-illumination fluorescence imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2009
PDF: 9 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 14(6) 064012 doi: 10.1117/1.3259362
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 14, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
George Themelis, Helmholtz Zentrum München GmbH (Germany)
Jung Sun Yoo, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Kwangsup Soh, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Ralf B. Schulz, Helmholtz Zentrum München GmbH (Germany)
Vasilis Ntziachristos, Helmholtz Zentrum München GmbH (Germany)

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