Sequential estimation of optical properties of a two-layered epithelial tissue model from depth-resolved ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectra.


Journal Article

A method for estimating the optical properties of two-layered media (such as squamous epithelial tissue) over a range of wavelengths in the ultraviolet-visible spectrum is proposed and tested with Monte Carlo modeling. The method first used a fiber-optic probe with angled illumination and the collection fibers placed at a small separation (or=1000 microm) was used to detect diffuse reflectance preferentially from the bottom layer. A second Monte Carlo-based inverse model for a two-layered medium was applied to estimate the bottom layer optical properties, as well as the top layer thickness, given that the top layer optical properties have been estimated. The results of Monte Carlo validation show that this method works well for an epithelial tissue model with a top layer thickness ranging from 200 to 500 microm. For most thicknesses within this range, the absorption coefficients were estimated to within 15% of the true values, the reduced scattering coefficients were estimated to within 20% and the top layer thicknesses were estimated to within 20%. The application of a variance reduction technique to the Monte Carlo modeling proved to be effective in improving the accuracy with which the optical properties are estimated.

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Cited Authors

  • Liu, Q; Ramanujam, N

Published Date

  • July 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 19

Start / End Page

  • 4776 - 4790

PubMed ID

  • 16799693

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16799693

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1559-128X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1364/ao.45.004776


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States