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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Time-resolved transillumination and optical tomography
Author(s): Emmanuel B. de Haller

Paper Abstract

In response to an invitation by the editor-in-chief, I would like to present the current status of time domain imaging. With exciting new photon diffusion techniques being developed in the frequency domain and promising optical coherence tomography, time-resolved transillumination is in constant evolution and the subject of passionate discussions during the numerous conferences dedicated to this subject. The purpose of time-resolved optical tomography is to provide noninvasive, high-resolution imaging of the interior of living bodies by the use of nonionizing radiation. Moreover, the use of visible to near-infrared wavelength yields metabolic information. Breast cancer screening is the primary potential application for time-resolved imaging. Neurology and tissue characterization are also possible fields of applications. Time-resolvedtransillumination and optical tomography should not only improve diagnoses, but the welfare of the patient. As no overview of this technique has yet been presented to my knowledge, this paper briefly describes the various methods enabling time-resolved transillumination and optical tomography. The advantages and disadvantages of these methods, as well as the clinical challenges they face are discussed. Although an analytic and computable model of light transport through tissues is essential for a meaningful interpretation of the transillumination process, this paper will not dwell on the mathematics of photon propagation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1996
PDF: 11 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 1(1) doi: 10.1117/12.227112
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 1, Issue 1
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Emmanuel B. de Haller, Univ. Muenster (Switzerland)

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