Abstract

Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) uses near infrared light for in vivo imaging of spatially varying optical parameters in biological tissues. It is known that time-resolved measurements provide the richest information on soft tissues, among other measurement types in DOT such as steady-state and intensity-modulated measurements. Therefore, several integral-transform-based moments of the time-resolved DOT measurements have been considered to estimate spatially distributed optical parameters. However, the use of such moments can result in low-contrast images and cross-talks between the reconstructed optical parameters, limiting their accuracy. In this work, we propose to utilize a truncated Fourier series approximation in time-resolved DOT. Using this approximation, we obtained optical parameter estimates with accuracy comparable to using whole time-resolved data that uses low computational time and resources. The truncated Fourier series approximation based estimates also displayed good contrast and minimal parameter cross-talk, and the estimates further improved in accuracy when multiple Fourier frequencies were used.

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