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1 LISA - Laboratoire Imagerie et Systèmes d-Acquisition 2 GIPSA-SIGMAPHY - SIGMAPHY GIPSA-DIS - Département Images et Signal 3 Beth Israel Deaconess - Harvard Medical School

Abstract : Intraoperative fluorescence imaging in reflectance geometry is an attractive imaging modality as it allows to noninvasively monitor the fluorescence targeted tumors located below the tissue surface. Some drawbacks of this technique are the background fluorescence decreasing the contrast and absorption heterogeneities leading to misinterpretations concerning fluorescence concentrations. We propose a correction technique based on a laser line scanning illumination scheme. We scan the medium with the laser line and acquire at each position of the line both fluorescence and excitation images. We then use the finding that there is a relationship between the excitation intensity profile and the background fluorescence one to predict the amount of signal to subtract to the fluorescence images to get a better contrast. As the light absorption information is contained both in fluorescence and excitation images, this method also permits us to correct the effects of absorption heterogeneities. This technique has been validated on simulations and experimentally. Fluorescent inclusions are observed in several configurations at depths ranging from 1 mm to 1 cm. Results obtained with this technique are compared to those obtained with a classical wide-field detection scheme for the contrast enhancement and to the fluorescence by excitation ratio approach for the absorption correction.

Keywords : Imaging systems Illumination design Image reconstruction techniques Medical and biological imaging





Author: Frédéric Fantoni - Lionel Hervé - Vincent Poher - Sylvain Gioux - Jerome Mars - Jean-Marc Dinten -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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