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Gaussian Light Model in Brightfield Optical Projection Tomography

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Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific Reports
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

This study focuses on improving the reconstruction process of the brightfield optical projection tomography (OPT). OPT is often described as the optical equivalent of X-ray computed tomography, but based on visible light. The detection optics used to collect light in OPT focus on a certain distance and induce blurring in those features out of focus. However, the conventionally used inverse Radon transform assumes an absolute focus throughout the propagation axis. In this study, we model the focusing properties of the detection by coupling Gaussian beam model (GBM) with the Radon transform. The GBM enables the construction of a projection operator that includes modeling of the blurring caused by the light beam. We also introduce the concept of a stretched GBM (SGBM) in which the Gaussian beam is scaled in order to avoid the modeling errors related to the determination of the focal plane. Furthermore, a thresholding approach is used to compress memory usage. We tested the GBM and SGBM approaches using simulated and experimental data in mono- and multifocal modes. When compared with the traditionally used filtered backprojection algorithm, the iteratively computed reconstructions, including the Gaussian models GBM and SGBM, provided smoother images with higher contrast.

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