Mueller-matrix imaging polarimetry elevated by wavelet decomposition and polarization-singular processing for analysis of specific cancerous tissue pathology

Anton Sdobnov, Volodymir a. Ushenko, Liliya Trifonyuk, Oksana Bakun, Marta Garazdyuk, Irina v. Soltys, Olexander Dubolazov, Olexander g. Ushenko, Yuriy a. Ushenko, Alexander Bykov, Igor Meglinski

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Mueller-matrix polarimetry is a powerful method allowing for the visualization of malformations in biological tissues and quantitative evaluation of alterations associated with the progression of various diseases. This approach, in fact, is limited in observation of spatial localization and scale-selective changes in the poly-crystalline compound of tissue samples.

We aimed to improve the Mueller-matrix polarimetry approach by implementing the wavelet decomposition accompanied with the polarization-singular processing for express differential diagnosis of local changes in the poly-crystalline structure of tissue samples with various pathology.

Mueller-matrix maps obtained experimentally in transmitted mode are processed utilizing a combination of a topological singular polarization approach and scale-selective wavelet analysis for quantitative assessment of the adenoma and carcinoma histological sections of the prostate tissues.

A relationship between the characteristic values of the Mueller-matrix elements and singular states of linear and circular polarization is established within the framework of the phase anisotropy phenomenological model in terms of linear birefringence. A robust method for expedited (up to ∼15 min) polarimetric-based differential diagnosis of local variations in the poly-crystalline structure of tissue samples containing various pathology abnormalities is introduced.

The benign and malignant states of the prostate tissue are identified and assessed quantitatively with a superior accuracy provided by the developed Mueller-matrix polarimetry approach.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102903
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2023

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Funding: The authors acknowledge the support of the National Research Foundation of Ukraine, Project 2020.02/0061; ATTRACT II META-HiLight project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovative programme under Grant Agreement No. 101004462, the Academy of Finland (Grant Projects 314639, 325097, 351068), the Leverhulme Trust, and The Royal Society (Ref. No.: APX111232 APEX Awards 2021).


  • Mueller-matrix
  • birefringence
  • cancer
  • imaging polarimetry
  • polarization-singular
  • polarized light
  • wavelet decomposition


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