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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 13 — Jun. 23, 2008
  • pp: 9927–9935

Polarization-sensitive reflectance imaging in skeletal muscle

Xin Li, Janaka C. Ranasinghesagara, and Gang Yao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 13, pp. 9927-9935 (2008)

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We acquired polarization-sensitive reflectance images in freshly excised skeletal muscle samples. The obtained raw images varied depending on the incident and detection polarization states. The Stokes vectors were measured for incident light of four different polarization states, and the whole Mueller matrix images were also calculated. We found that the images obtained in skeletal muscles exhibited different features from those obtained in a typical polystyrene sphere solution. The back-reflected light in muscle maintained a higher degree of polarization along the axis perpendicular to muscle fiber orientation. Our analysis indicates that the unique muscle sarcomere structure plays an important role in modulating the propagation of polarized light in whole muscle.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.5280) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photon migration
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: March 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2008
Published: June 20, 2008

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Xin Li, Janaka C. Ranasinghesagara, and Gang Yao, "Polarization-sensitive reflectance imaging in skeletal muscle," Opt. Express 16, 9927-9935 (2008)

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