Abstract

Frequency-domain studies of time-dependent light propagation in tissuelike phantoms that contain optical heterogeneities are described. Specifically the phase shift and amplitude modulation of reemergent light were measured when illuminated by an amplitude-modulated light source. Changes in the phase angle and the extent of modulation revealed the presence of a light-absorbing object. Furthermore the magnitude and direction of these changes were sensitive to the absorber depth and the light modulation frequency in a manner that could be used to infer the location of the heterogeneity. These data suggest the feasibility of optical imaging by frequency-domain methods.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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