Frequency-domain optical tomographic imaging of arthritic finger joints

Andreas H. Hielscher, Hyun Keol Kim, Ludguier D. Montejo, Sabine Blaschke, Uwe J. Netz, Paul A. Zwaka, Gerd Illing, Gerhard A. Müller, Jrgen Beuthan

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We are presenting data from the largest clinical trial on optical tomographic imaging of finger joints to date. Overall we evaluated 99 fingers of patients affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and 120 fingers from healthy volunteers. Using frequency-domain imaging techniques we show that sensitivities and specificities of 0.85 and higher can be achieved in detecting RA. This is accomplished by deriving multiple optical parameters from the optical tomographic images and combining them for the statistical analysis. Parameters derived from the scattering coefficient perform slightly better than absorption derived parameters. Furthermore we found that data obtained at 600 MHz leads to better classification results than data obtained at 0 or 300 MHz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5741853
Pages (from-to)1725-1736
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Computer aided diagnostics
  • light propagation in tissue
  • optical tomography
  • rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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