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Automatic exposure control and estimation of effective system noise in diffuse fluorescence tomography

Dax L. Kepshire, Hamid Dehghani, Frederic Leblond, and Brian W. Pogue  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 23272-23283 (2009)

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A diffuse fluorescence tomography system, based upon time-correlated single photon counting, is presented with an automated algorithm to allow dynamic range variation through exposure control. This automated exposure control allows the upper and lower detection levels of fluorophore to be extended by an order of magnitude beyond the previously published performance and benefits in a slight decrease in system effective noise. The effective noise level is used as a metric to characterize the system performance, integrating both model-mismatch and calibration bias errors into a single parameter. This effective error is near 7% of the reconstructed fluorescent yield value, when imaging in just few minutes. Quantifying protoporphyrin IX concentrations down to 50 ng/ml is possible, for tumor-sized regions. This fluorophore has very low fluorescence yield, but high biological relevance for tumor imaging, given that it is produced in the mitochondria, and upregulated in many tumor types.

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OCIS Codes
(170.6960) Medical optics and biotechnology : Tomography
(170.2945) Medical optics and biotechnology : Illumination design

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: September 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 21, 2009
Published: December 3, 2009

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Vol. 5, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Dax L. Kepshire, Hamid Dehghani, Frederic Leblond, and Brian W. Pogue, "Automatic exposure control
and estimation of effective system noise
in diffuse fluorescence tomography," Opt. Express 17, 23272-23283 (2009)

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