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Multidistance optical characterization of the female breast by time-resolved diffuse spectroscopy
Author(s): Antonio Pifferi; Johannes Swartling; Eleonora Giambattistelli; Ekaterine Chikoidze; Alessandro Torricelli; Paola Taroni; Magnus Andersson; Anders Nilsson; Stefan Andersson-Engels
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Paper Abstract

Two systems for time-resolved diffuse spectroscopy were used for the optical characterization of the female breast in 4 volunteers. A first system was a compact laser diode instrument operated at 660 and 785 nm, while the second one was a broadband laboratory set-up based on mode-locked lasers tunable in the 610-1000 nm range. Measurements were obtained both in transmittance and in reflectance geometry at 5 inter-fiber distances ranging from 1 to 4 cm at different locations on the breast. Distinct spectral features both in absorption and in scattering were observed among the 4 volunteers, and for each subject between reflectance and transmittance measurements. These differences are correlated with the abundance of the glandular tissue and blood absorption. Upon increasing the inter-fiber distance in reflectance, deeper tissue structures were investigated, generally resulting in higher water contribution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5138, Photon Migration and Diffuse-Light Imaging, (15 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.502076
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Antonio Pifferi, Politecnico di Milano, INFM (Italy)
IFN-CNR (Italy)
Johannes Swartling, Lund Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Eleonora Giambattistelli, Politecnico di Milano, INFM (Italy)
IFN-CNR (Italy)
Ekaterine Chikoidze, Politecnico di Milano, INFM (Italy)
IFN-CNR (Italy)
Alessandro Torricelli, Politecnico di Milano, INFM (Italy)
IFN-CNR (Italy)
Paola Taroni, Politecnico di Milano, INFM (Italy)
IFN-CNR (Italy)
Magnus Andersson, Lund Institute of Technology (United States)
Anders Nilsson, Lund Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Stefan Andersson-Engels, Lund Institute of Technology (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5138:
Photon Migration and Diffuse-Light Imaging
David A. Boas, Editor(s)

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