Diffusing-wave polarimetry for tissue diagnostics

Callum Macdonald, Alexander Doronin, Adrian F. Peña, Michael Eccles, Igor Meglinski*

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We exploit the directional awareness of circularly and/or elliptically polarized light propagating within media which exhibit high numbers of scattering events. By tracking the Stokes vector of the detected light on the Poincaŕe sphere, we demonstrate its applicability for characterization of anisotropy of scattering. A phenomenological model is shown to have an excellent agreement with the experimental data and with the results obtained by the polarization tracking Monte Carlo model, developed in house. By analogy to diffusing-wave spectroscopy we call this approach diffusing-wave polarimetry, and illustrate its utility in probing cancerous and non-cancerous tissue samplesin vitro for diagnostic purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number894007
JournalProceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2014
EventOptical Biopsy XII - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 4 Feb 20145 Feb 2014

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  • Cancer diagnostics
  • Circular polarization
  • Helicity
  • Monte Carlo
  • Optical biopsy
  • Poincaré sphere
  • Polarimetry
  • Stokes vector


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