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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 4 — Dec. 25, 2009
  • pp: 472–477

Detection of Tendon Tears by Degree of Linear Polarization Imaging

Ji-Hoon Kim, Jung-Hwan Oh, Hyun-Wook Kang, Ho Lee, and Jee-Hyun Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of the Optical Society of Korea, Vol. 13, Issue 4, pp. 472-477 (2009)

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A Stokes polarimetry imaging (SPI) system was developed and utilized to detect tendon tears by constructing the degree of linear polarization (DOLP) image maps after linearly polarized light illumination. The micro and partial-thickness tears of turkey tendons were made and imaged by the SPI system at different incident polarization angles (IPA) with different mechanical loads on the tendon. The micro and partial-thickness tendon tears were detected by the DOLP images due to weak birefringence around the tears. The tendon tears were detected by a highest DOLP contrast at longest visible wavelength (Red, 650 ± 50 nm). All polarized images showed modulated DOLP as the incident polarization angle (IPA) was varied. The varying DOLP allowed the optimal detection of the micro and partial-thickness tendon tears at a certain IPA. The SPI system with variable IPA and spectral information can improve the detection of the tendon tears by higher visibility of fiber orientations, and thereby improve diagnosis and treatment of the tendon related injuries.

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OCIS Codes
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(120.3890) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Medical optics instrumentation
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology

Original Manuscript: September 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 13, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 2009
Published: December 25, 2009

Ji-Hoon Kim, Jung-Hwan Oh, Hyun-Wook Kang, Ho Lee, and Jee-Hyun Kim, "Detection of Tendon Tears by Degree of Linear Polarization Imaging," J. Opt. Soc. Korea 13, 472-477 (2009)

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