Optical Polarizationin Biomedical Applications

  • Valery V. Tuchin
  • Lihong V. Wang
  • Dmitry A. Zimnyakov

About this book


Optical Polarization in Biomedical Applications introduces key developments in optical polarization methods for quantitative studies of tissues, while presenting the theory of polarization transfer in a random medium as a basis for the quantitative description of polarized light interaction with tissues. This theory uses the modified transfer equation for Stokes parameters and predicts the polarization structure of multiple scattered optical fields. The backscattering polarization matrices (Jones matrix and Mueller matrix) important for noninvasive medical diagnostic are introduced. The text also describes a number of diagnostic techniques such as CW polarization imaging and spectroscopy, polarization microscopy and cytometry. As a new tool for medical diagnosis, optical coherent polarization tomography is analyzed. The monograph also covers a range of biomedical applications, among them cataract and glaucoma diagnostics, glucose sensing, and the detection of bacteria.


ITO07 Laser Optical imaging Polarimetry Scattering media Speckle Tissue optics diagnosis diagnostics interference microscopy optical coherence tomography spectroscopy tissue tomography

Authors and affiliations

  • Valery V. Tuchin
    • 1
  • Lihong V. Wang
    • 2
  • Dmitry A. Zimnyakov
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsSaratov State University410012Russia
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityTX 77843-3120USA
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsSaratov State University410012Russia

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