Conference Dates

July 23-26, 2017


Diffuse Optical Imaging (DOI) relies on the fact that near infrared light (600-1000 nm) is strongly scattered in biological tissue, and weakly absorbed by tissue chromophores such as blood, fat, water, and melanin. In frequency domain DOI, intensity modulated light is introduced into the tissue and the observed absorption and phase changes enable absolute concentrations of these chromophores to be calculated. These concentrations provide valuable insight into tissue metabolic activity that have proven useful for a variety of clinical outcomes from exercise physiology to predicting tumor response to treatment.

Diffuse Optical Tomography (DOT) is an extension of DOI that allows three dimensional reconstruction of tissue chromophore concentrations. Typically, DOT requires a large number (~10-100) of light sources and detectors to collect the data necessary for 3D reconstruction. In these systems, each source and detector pair probes a specific volume of tissue and an algorithm is used to reconstruct tissue chromophore concentration within each voxel. However, the use of large numbers of fibers results in imaging systems that are large, expensive, unwieldy, and often anatomically specific (i.e. systems are constructed for breast measurements and cannot be easily used on other anatomical locations). In this poster I will present a new method for DOT that uses a single source and detector fiber in a potentially hand-held format that is able to probe a large volume of tissue using rapid scanning of each fiber in a hypocycloid pattern.

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