Diagnosis using photon diffusion: From brain oxygenation to the fat of the atlantic salmon

  • H. Taitelbaum
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 519)


We present a new diagnostic method, based on optical measurements in the visible and near-infrared wavelength regime. This method has many advantages over current imaging and biopsy techniques. In order to understand and interpret the results of the measurements, a random-walk on a lattice is used to model photon diffusion in biological tissues. Applications of this method range from medicine (diagnosis of brain function (oxygenation) in neonates and early detection of breast tumors) to food science (non-destructive determination of fat and moisture content in Atlantic Salmon).


Biological Tissue Average Path Length Turbid Medium Optical Biopsy Photon Trajectory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Taitelbaum
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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