Deep imaging of absorption and scattering features by multispectral multiple scattering low coherence interferometry.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We have developed frequency domain multispectral multiple scattering low coherence interferometry (ms2/LCI) for deep imaging of absorption and scattering contrast. Using tissue-mimicking phantoms that match the full scattering phase function of human dermal tissue, we demonstrate that ms2/LCI can provide a signal/noise ratio (SNR) improvement of 15.4 dB over conventional OCT at an imaging depth of 1 mm. The enhanced SNR and penetration depth provided by ms2/LCI could be leveraged for a variety of clinical applications including the assessment of burn injuries where current clinical classification of severity only provides limited accuracy. The utility of the approach was demonstrated by imaging a tissue phantom simulating a partial-thickness burn revealing good spectroscopic contrast between healthy and injured tissue regions deep below the sample surface. Finally, healthy rat skin was imaged in vivo with both a commercial OCT instrument and our custom ms2/LCI system. The results demonstrate that ms2/LCI is capable of obtaining spectroscopic information far beyond the penetration depth provided by conventional OCT.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhao, Y; Maher, JR; Ibrahim, MM; Chien, JS; Levinson, H; Wax, A

Published Date

  • October 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 3916 - 3926

PubMed ID

  • 27867703

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5102527

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2156-7085

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1364/BOE.7.003916


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States