Optical Imaging

  • Simon R. Arridge
  • Jari P. Kaipio
  • Ville Kolehmainen
  • Tanja Tarvainen
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This chapter discusses diffuse optical tomography. We present the origins of this method in terms of spectroscopic analysis of tissue using near-infrared light and its extension to an imaging modality. Models for light propagation at the macroscopic and mesoscopic scale are developed from the radiative transfer equation (RTE). Both time and frequency domain systems are discussed. Some formal results based on Green’s function models are presented, and numerical methods are described based on discrete finite element method (FEM) models and a Bayesian framework for image reconstruction. Finally, some open questions are discussed.


Inverse Problem Light Propagation Diffusion Approximation Prior Model Radiative Transport Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon R. Arridge
    • 1
  • Jari P. Kaipio
    • 2
  • Ville Kolehmainen
    • 3
  • Tanja Tarvainen
    • 3
  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.University of Eastern FinlandSavonlinnaFinland

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