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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2707–2719

Goniometric measurements of thick tissue using Monte Carlo simulations to obtain the single scattering anisotropy coefficient

Gunnsteinn Hall, Steven L. Jacques, Kevin W. Eliceiri, and Paul J. Campagnola  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 11, pp. 2707-2719 (2012)

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The scattering anisotropy, g, of tissue can be a powerful metric of tissue structure, and is most directly measured via goniometry and fitting to the Henyey-Greenstein phase function. We present a method based on an independent attenuation measurement of the scattering coefficient along with Monte Carlo simulations to account for multiple scattering, allowing the accurate determination of measurement of g for tissues of thickness within the quasi-ballistic regime. Simulations incorporating the experimental geometry and bulk optical properties show that significant errors occur in extraction of g values, even for tissues of thickness less than one scattering length without modeling corrections. Experimental validation is provided by determination of g in mouse muscle tissues and it is shown that the obtained values are independent of thickness. In addition we present a simple deconvolution-based method and show that it provides excellent estimates for high anisotropy values (above 0.95) when coupled with an independent attenuation measurement.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(170.6935) Medical optics and biotechnology : Tissue characterization

ToC Category:
Optics of Tissue and Turbid Media

Original Manuscript: August 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 24, 2012
Published: October 2, 2012

Gunnsteinn Hall, Steven L. Jacques, Kevin W. Eliceiri, and Paul J. Campagnola, "Goniometric measurements of thick tissue using Monte Carlo simulations to obtain the single scattering anisotropy coefficient," Biomed. Opt. Express 3, 2707-2719 (2012)

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