Diffuse Optical Tomography: An emerging biomedical imaging modality

Andreas H. Hielscher, Gassan S. Abdoulaev, Alexander D. Klose, Avraham Y. Bluestone, U. Netz, J. Beuthan, Joseph Lasker

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    Diffuse optical tomography is emerging as a viable new biomedical imaging modality. Using near-infrared light this technique probes absorption as well as scattering properties of biological tissues. First commercial instruments are now available that combined with appropriate image reconstruction scheme allow to obtain cross sectional views of various body parts. The main applications are currently brain, breast, limb and joint imaging. While the spatial resolution is limited compared to other imaging modalities such as MRI or X-ray tomography, diffuse optical tomography provides for a fast, inexpensive, acquisition of a variety of physiological parameters that are otherwise not accessible. We present here a brief overview over the current state-of-the-art technology and some of its main applications.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)270-286
    Number of pages17
    JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    StatePublished - 2002
    EventPROCEEDINGS OF SPIE SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering: Advanced Optical Devices, Technologies, and Medical Applications - Riga, Latvia
    Duration: Aug 19 2002Aug 22 2002


    • Brain and joint imaging
    • Image reconstruction
    • Instrumentation
    • Scattering media
    • Tomography

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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