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Detection of endometrial lesions by degree of linear polarization maps
Author(s): Jihoon Kim; Asgerally Fazleabas; Joseph T. Walsh
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Paper Abstract

Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of chronic pelvic pain and infertility and is characterized by the presence of endometrial glands and stroma outside of the uterine cavity. A novel laparoscopic polarization imaging system was designed to detect endometriosis by imaging endometrial lesions. Linearly polarized light with varying incident polarization angles illuminated endometrial lesions. Degree of linear polarization image maps of endometrial lesions were constructed by using remitted polarized light. The image maps were compared with regular laparoscopy image. The degree of linear polarization map contributed to the detection of endometriosis by revealing structures inside the lesion. The utilization of rotating incident polarization angle (IPA) for the linearly polarized light provides extended understanding of endometrial lesions. The developed polarization system with varying IPA and the collected image maps could provide improved characterization of endometrial lesions via higher visibility of the structure of the lesions and thereby improve diagnosis of endometriosis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2010
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7555, Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems VIII, 75550T (22 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.842618
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Jihoon Kim, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Asgerally Fazleabas, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Joseph T. Walsh, Northwestern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7555:
Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems VIII
Tuan Vo-Dinh; Warren S. Grundfest; Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Editor(s)

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