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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Enhanced contrast and depth resolution in polarization imaging using elliptically polarized light

Paper Abstract

Polarization gating is a popular and widely used technique in biomedical optics to sense superficial tissues (colinear detection), deeper volumes (crosslinear detection), and also selectively probe subsuperficial volumes (using elliptically polarized light). As opposed to the conventional linearly polarized illumination, we propose a new protocol of polarization gating that combines coelliptical and counter-elliptical measurements to selectively enhance the contrast of the images. This new method of eliminating multiple-scattered components from the images shows that it is possible to retrieve a greater signal and a better contrast for subsurface structures. <italic<In vivo</italic< experiments were performed on skin abnormalities of volunteers to confirm the results of the subtraction method and access subsurface information.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2016
PDF: 8 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 21(7) 071107 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.21.7.071107
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 21, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Susmita Sridhar, Aix-Marseille Univ. (France)
ICFO - Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (Spain)
Anabela Da Silva, Aix-Marseille Univ. (France)


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