We propose a comprehensive protocol for the performance assessment of photon migration instruments. The protocol has been developed within the European Thematic Network MEDPHOT (optical methods for medical diagnosis and monitoring of diseases) and is based on five criteria: accuracy, linearity, noise, stability, and reproducibility. This protocol was applied to a total of 8 instruments with a set of 32 phantoms, covering a wide range of optical properties.
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(000.3110) General : Instruments, apparatus, and components common to the sciences
(170.5280) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photon migration
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media
(220.4840) Optical design and fabrication : Testing
(350.4800) Other areas of optics : Optical standards and testing
Antonio Pifferi, Alessandro Torricelli, Andrea Bassi, Paola Taroni, Rinaldo Cubeddu, Heidrun Wabnitz, Dirk Grosenick, Michael Möller, Rainer Macdonald, Johannes Swartling, Tomas Svensson, Stefan Andersson-Engels, Robert L. P. van Veen, Henricus J. C. M. Sterenborg, Jean-Michel Tualle, Ha Lien Nghiem, Sigrid Avrillier, Maurice Whelan, and Hermann Stamm, "Performance assessment of photon migration instruments: the MEDPHOT protocol," Appl. Opt. 44, 2104-2114 (2005)