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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2433–2449

Narrow band 3 × 3 Mueller polarimetric endoscopy

Ji Qi, Menglong Ye, Mohan Singh, Neil T. Clancy, and Daniel S. Elson  »View Author Affiliations


Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 4, Issue 11, pp. 2433-2449 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/BOE.4.002433


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Abstract

Mueller matrix polarimetric imaging has shown potential in tissue diagnosis but is challenging to implement endoscopically. In this work, a narrow band 3 × 3 Mueller matrix polarimetric endoscope was designed by rotating the endoscope to generate 0°, 45° and 90° linearly polarized illumination and positioning a rotating filter wheel in front of the camera containing three polarisers to permit polarization state analysis for backscattered light. The system was validated with a rotating linear polarizer and a diffuse reflection target. Initial measurements of 3 × 3 Mueller matrices on a rat are demonstrated, followed by matrix decomposition into the depolarization and retardance matrices for further analysis. Our work shows the feasibility of implementing polarimetric imaging in a rigid endoscope conveniently and economically in order to reveal diagnostic information.

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OCIS Codes
(170.2150) Medical optics and biotechnology : Endoscopic imaging
(110.4234) Imaging systems : Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

ToC Category:
Endoscopes, Catheters and Micro-Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 13, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 16, 2013
Published: October 11, 2013

Citation
Ji Qi, Menglong Ye, Mohan Singh, Neil T. Clancy, and Daniel S. Elson, "Narrow band 3 × 3 Mueller polarimetric endoscopy," Biomed. Opt. Express 4, 2433-2449 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/boe/abstract.cfm?URI=boe-4-11-2433


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