Multi-distance diffuse optical spectroscopy with a single optode via hypotrochoidal scanning

Published on 2018-02-06T15:42:51Z (GMT) by
Frequency-domain diffuse optical spectroscopy (FD-DOS) is an established technique capable of determining optical properties and chromophore concentrations in biological tissue. Most FD-DOS systems either use manually positioned, handheld probes, or complex arrays of source and detector fibers to acquire data from many tissue locations, allowing for the generation of 2D or 3D maps of tissue. Here, we present a new method to rapidly acquire a wide range of source-detector separations by mechanically scanning a single source-detector pair. The source and detector fibers are mounted on a scan head that traces a hypotrochoidal pattern over the sample which, when coupled with a high-speed FD-DOS system, enables the rapid collection of dozens of SD separations for depth-resolved imaging. We demonstrate that this system has an average error of 4 +/- 2.6% in absorption and 2 +/- 1.8% in scattering across all SD separations. Additionally, by linearly translating the device, the size and location of an absorbing inhomogeneity can be determined through the generation of B-scan images in a manner conceptually analogous to ultrasound imaging. This work demonstrates the potential of single optode diffuse optical scanning for depth resolved visualization of heterogeneous biological tissues at near real-time rates.

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Applegate, Matthew; Roblyer, Darren (2018): Multi-distance diffuse optical spectroscopy with a single optode via hypotrochoidal scanning. The Optical Society.