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Laser speckle contrast imaging for the quantitative assessment of flow
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Paper Abstract

The ultimate objective of laser speckle flowmetry is to infer flow velocity from observed speckle contrast. Since introduction of this concept over 25 years ago, a variety of researchers have demonstrated such a qualitative relationship (between speckle contrast and flow velocity), but a quantitative relationship has proven elusive. A fundamental reason for this failure to demonstrate a convincing quantitative relationship is that the underlying mathematics describing LSCA is identical to that of quasi-elastic light scatter (QLS). As a result, it is commonly (and erroneously) assumed that the requirements for the data acquisition, the model linking the scatter dynamics to the speckle fluctuation, and the data processing are the same as well. Here we discuss some of our recent advances towards achieving quantitative velocity estimates from laser speckle contrast measurements. This concept is free of any assumptions relating scatterer dynamics to light fluctuations and is compatible with accepted data acquisition methods, but uses an entirely new data processing scheme. Results are demonstrated with a murine model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7176, Dynamics and Fluctuations in Biomedical Photonics VI, 717603 (12 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.809401
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Donald D. Duncan, Oregon Health & Science Univ. (United States)
Sean J. Kirkpatrick, Oregon Health & Science Univ. (United States)
James C. Gladish, Oregon Health & Science Univ. (United States)
Sawan A Hurst, Oregon Health & Science Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7176:
Dynamics and Fluctuations in Biomedical Photonics VI
Valery Viktorovich Tuchin; Lihong V. Wang; Donald D. Duncan, Editor(s)

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