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Mueller coherency matrix method for contrast image in tissue polarimetry
Author(s): J. L. Arce-Diego; F. Fanjul-Vélez; D. Samperio-García; D. Pereda-Cubián
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Paper Abstract

In this work, we propose the use of the Mueller Coherency matrix of biological tissues in order to increase the information from tissue images and so their contrast. This method involves different Mueller Coherency matrix based parameters, like the eigenvalues analysis, the entropy factor calculation, polarization components crosstalks, linear and circular polarization degrees, hermiticity or the Quaternions analysis in case depolarisation properties of tissue are sufficiently low. All these parameters make information appear clearer and so increase image contrast, so pathologies like cancer could be detected in a sooner stage of development. The election will depend on the concrete pathological process under study. This Mueller Coherency matrix method can be applied to a single tissue point, or it can be combined with a tomographic technique, so as to obtain a 3D representation of polarization contrast parameters in pathological tissues. The application of this analysis to concrete diseases can lead to tissue burn depth estimation or cancer early detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6627, Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques III, 66271T (11 July 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.728425
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J. L. Arce-Diego, Univ. of Cantabria (Spain)
F. Fanjul-Vélez, Univ. of Cantabria (Spain)
D. Samperio-García, Univ. of Cantabria (Spain)
D. Pereda-Cubián, Univ. of Cantabria (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6627:
Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques III
Peter E. Andersen; Zhongping Chen, Editor(s)

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