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Biomed Opt Express. 2012 Jan 1;3(1):192-205. doi: 10.1364/BOE.3.000192. Epub 2011 Dec 20.

A hematoma detector-a practical application of instrumental motion as signal in near infra-red imaging.

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  • 1Section on Functional and Analytical Biophotonics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.


In this paper we discuss results based on using instrumental motion as a signal rather than treating it as noise in Near Infra-Red (NIR) imaging. As a practical application to demonstrate this approach we show the design of a novel NIR hematoma detection device. The proposed device is based on a simplified single source configuration with a dual separation detector array and uses motion as a signal for detecting changes in blood volume in the dural regions of the head. The rapid triage of hematomas in the emergency room will lead to improved use of more sophisticated/expensive imaging facilities such as CT/MRI units. We present simulation results demonstrating the viability of such a device and initial phantom results from a proof of principle device. The results demonstrate excellent localization of inclusions as well as good quantitative comparisons.

2011 Optical Society of America


(110.3080) Infrared imaging; (170.3880) Medical and biological imaging

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