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Stage scoring of liver fibrosis using Mueller matrix microscope
Author(s): Jialing Zhou; Honghui He; Ye Wang; Hui Ma
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Paper Abstract

Liver fibrosis is a common pathological process of varied chronic liver diseases including alcoholic hepatitis, virus hepatitis, and so on. Accurate evaluation of liver fibrosis is necessary for effective therapy and a five-stage grading system was developed. Currently, experienced pathologists use stained liver biopsies to assess the degree of liver fibrosis. But it is difficult to obtain highly reproducible results because of huge discrepancy among different observers. Polarization imaging technique has the potential of scoring liver fibrosis since it is capable of probing the structural and optical properties of samples. Considering that the Mueller matrix measurement can provide comprehensive microstructural information of the tissues, in this paper, we apply the Mueller matrix microscope to human liver fibrosis slices in different fibrosis stages. We extract the valid regions and adopt the Mueller matrix polar decomposition (MMPD) and Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) parameters for quantitative analysis. We also use the Monte Carlo simulation to analyze the relationship between the microscopic Mueller matrix parameters and the characteristic structural changes during the fibrosis process. The experimental and Monte Carlo simulated results show good consistency. We get a positive correlation between the parameters and the stage of liver fibrosis. The results presented in this paper indicate that the Mueller matrix microscope can provide additional information for the detections and fibrosis scorings of liver tissues and has great potential in liver fibrosis diagnosis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10024, Optics in Health Care and Biomedical Optics VII, 100240M (31 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2246178
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Jialing Zhou, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Honghui He, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Ye Wang, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Hui Ma, Tsinghua Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10024:
Optics in Health Care and Biomedical Optics VII
Qingming Luo; Xingde Li; Ying Gu; Yuguo Tang, Editor(s)

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