Fluorescence image reconstruction for optical tomography based on transient radiation transfer equation

Haiyong Quan, Zhixiong Guo

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Image reconstruction is a bottleneck problem that impedes real time application of optical tomography technology. In this paper, we propose a novel fluorescence optical tomography method with a fast yet accurate algorithm for 3D image reconstruction. This imaging method is demonstrated using radiation transfer modeling based design. First the transport of ultrafast laser radiation governed by radiation transfer equation in participating media is simulated. Then the transient fluorescence field is obtained by solving the same radiation transfer equation in which the quantum yield of fluorescence is added to correlate the absorbed laser radiation with fluorescence emission intensity. Finally, 3D images are reconstructed using the temporal signals of fluorescence at detectors around the boundary of targeted tissues. We use the early time of fluorescence flight and the maximum fluorescence intensity to directly reconstruct the 3D images. Two new concepts, i.e., the photon migration statistic property and the solid geometric correlation property, are introduced for signal and image processing, respectively. The image reconstruction in this new method is very fast and does not require any inverse optimization. The accurate and efficient image and location of a 2.4×2.4×2.4mm 3 tumor embedded at two different locations inside a 20×20×20mm3 rectangular tissue are demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-405
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress - Washington, DC., United States
Duration: Nov 15 2003Nov 21 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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