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Critical design parameters in laser Doppler perfusion imaging
Author(s): Mikael L. Arildsson; Gert E. Nilsson; Karin Wardell
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Paper Abstract

Laser Doppler Perfusion Imaging (LDPI) is a method for visualization of tissue blood perfusion. A low power laser beam is used to step-wise scan a tissue area of interest and a perfusion estimate based on the backscattered, partially Doppler broadened, light is generated. Although the basic operating principle of LDPI is the same as that of conventional Laser Doppler Perfusion Monitoring (LDPM), significant differences exist between the implementation of the methods which must be taken into account in order to generate high quality perfusion images. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relevance of a number of LDPI design parameters, such as: (1) The influence of artifact noise when using a continuously moving laser beam instead of a step-wise moving beam to scan the image. (2) The signal processor output's dependency on the distance between the measurement object and the scanner head when using collimated laser light. (3) The speed and mode of the scanning. The results show a substantial rise in the noise level when using a continuously moving beam as opposed to a step-wise. Skin measurements using a collimated laser beam demonstrated an amplification factor dependency on the distance between the skin surface and the scanner head not present when using a divergent laser beam. The scanning speed is limited by the trade-off between the Doppler signal lower cut-off frequency and the image quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2678, Optical Diagnostics of Living Cells and Biofluids, (10 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239527
Show Author Affiliations
Mikael L. Arildsson, Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden)
Gert E. Nilsson, Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden)
Karin Wardell, Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2678:
Optical Diagnostics of Living Cells and Biofluids
Daniel L. Farkas; Robert C. Leif; Alexander V. Priezzhev; Toshimitsu Asakura; Bruce J. Tromberg, Editor(s)

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