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The influence of improved interference filter performance for molecular imaging using frequency domain photon migration measurements
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Paper Abstract

Several phantom and in vivo small animal imaging studies have been performed to detect the re-emitted fluorescence signal arising from micro to pico molar concentrations of fluorophore by employing band-pass and band-rejection filters. However, elimination of the back-reflected excitation light still remains a major challenge for further reducing the noise floor in fluorescence imaging. Furthermore, despite the well-known deterioration of interference filter performance as the angle of incidence deviates from zero degrees, most studies do not employ collimated light optical design required for efficient excitation light rejection using interference filters. In this study, we measured quantities in frequency domain data for the combination of three-cavity interference and holographic super notch filters. To assess excitation leakage, the “out-of-band (S (λx ) )” to “in-band (S (λm ) - S (λx ) )” signal ratio, AC amplitude (IAC ), and phase delay (δ-δ*) measured from a gain modulated, intensified CCD imaging system with and without collimating optics was evaluated. The addition of collimating optics resulted in a reduction of 82% to 91% of the out-of-band to in-band ratio for the phantom studies and an increase of 1.4 to 3.7 times of the target-to-background ratio (T:B) for small animal studies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5693, Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue VI, (28 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.589172
Show Author Affiliations
Kildong Hwang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Jessica P. Houston, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
John C. Rasmussen, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Shi Ke, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)
Chun Li, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)
Eva M. Sevick-Muraca, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5693:
Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue VI
Britton Chance; Robert R. Alfano; Bruce J. Tromberg; Mamoru Tamura; Eva M. Sevick-Muraca, Editor(s)

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