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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Transmission of polarized light in skeletal muscle
Author(s): Ali S. Shuaib; Xin Li; Gang Yao
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Paper Abstract

Experiments were conducted to study polarized light transmission in fresh bovine skeletal muscle of varying thicknesses. Two-dimensional polarization-sensitive transmission images were acquired and analyzed using a numerical parametric fitting algorithm. The total transmittance intensity and degree-of-polarization were calculated for both central ballistic and surrounding scattering regions. Full Mueller matrix images were derived from the raw polarization images and the polar decomposition algorithm was applied to extract polarization parameters. The results suggest that polarized light propagation through skeletal muscle is affected by strong birefringence, diattenuation, multiple scattering induced depolarization and the sarcomere diffraction effect.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2011
PDF: 8 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 16(2) 025001 doi: 10.1117/1.3536512
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 16, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Ali S. Shuaib, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia (United States)
Xin Li, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia (United States)
Gang Yao, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia (United States)

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