Abstract

Estimation of optical properties from subdiffusive reflectance acquired at short source-detector separations is challenging due to the sensitivity to the underlying scattering phase function. In recent studies, a second-order similarity parameter γ has been increasingly used alongside the absorption and reduced scattering coefficients to account for some of the phase function variability. By using Monte Carlo simulations, we show that the influence of the scattering phase function on the subdiffusive reflectance for the biologically relevant variations can be captured sufficiently well by considering γ and a third-order similarity parameter δ. Utilizing this knowledge, we construct an inverse model that estimates the absorption and reduced scattering coefficients, γ and δ, from spatially resolved reflectance. Nearly an order of magnitude smaller errors of the estimated optical properties are obtained in comparison to the inverse model that only composes γ.

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Corrections

29 March 2017: A correction was made to the abstract.


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