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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2009
  • pp: 2625–2631

Mueller matrix decomposition of diffuse reflectance imaging in skeletal muscle

Xin Li and Gang Yao  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 14, pp. 2625-2631 (2009)

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Propagation of polarized light in skeletal muscle is significantly affected by anisotropic muscle structures. To completely characterize muscle polarization properties, we acquired the whole Mueller matrix images of the diffuse reflectance. A polar decomposition algorithm was applied to extract the individual diattenuation, retardance, and depolarization images from the measured Mueller matrix. The decomposed polarization properties in muscle show distinctly different patterns from those obtained in isotropic scattering media. Stretching the prerigor muscle sample induced clear changes in the raw polarization reflectance images. However, muscle stretching induced minimal changes in the decomposed Mueller matrix images.

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OCIS Codes
(110.7050) Imaging systems : Turbid media
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: January 5, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2009
Published: May 1, 2009

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Xin Li and Gang Yao, "Mueller matrix decomposition of diffuse reflectance imaging in skeletal muscle," Appl. Opt. 48, 2625-2631 (2009)

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