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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 40, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2001
  • pp: 5114–5123

Characterizing mammalian cells and cell phantoms by polarized backscattering fiber-optic measurements

Judith R. Mourant, Tamara M. Johnson, and James P. Freyer  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 28, pp. 5114-5123 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.40.005114


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Abstract

Fiber-optic, polarized elastic-scattering spectroscopy techniques are implemented and demonstrated as a method for determining both scatterer size and concentration in highly scattering media. Measurements of polystyrene spheres are presented to validate the technique. Measurements of biological cells provide an estimate of the average effective scatterer radius of 0.5–1.0 µm. This average effective scatterer size is significantly smaller than the nucleus. In addition, to facilitate use of polarization techniques on biological cells, polarized angular dependent scattering from cell suspensions was measured. The light scattering from cells has properties similar to those of small spheres.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation
(170.4580) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical diagnostics for medicine
(170.6510) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, tissue diagnostics
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media

History
Original Manuscript: October 2, 2000
Revised Manuscript: June 20, 2001
Published: October 1, 2001

Citation
Judith R. Mourant, Tamara M. Johnson, and James P. Freyer, "Characterizing mammalian cells and cell phantoms by polarized backscattering fiber-optic measurements," Appl. Opt. 40, 5114-5123 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-40-28-5114

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