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Noninvasive, laser-based imaging through opaque scattering

A noninvasive, laser-based approach to image through opaque scattering layers could be useful for imaging biological structures. The approach uses a laser and detector to read a scattered light pattern generated from behind an opaque layer and an algorithm for reconstructing the pattern into an image of the object. In proof-of-concept studies, the approach reconstructed the images of the symbol p and a stem slice from a lily plant placed behind an opaque layer. Next steps include developing strategies to improve the speed of the imaging and determining which contrast agent to use.

SciBX 5(45); doi:10.1038/scibx.2012.1194
Published online Nov. 15, 2012

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Bertolotti, J. et al. Nature; published online Nov. 7, 2012;
Contact: Allard P. Mosk, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands