Abstract

In this paper we demonstrate the advantages of a fast-gated counter in achieving high count-rate and reducing costs of timing equipment in a time-resolved diffuse optical spectroscopy setup. We experimentally prove the equivalence between the fast-gated counter we developed and a traditional time-correlated single-photon counting setup in terms of depth sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio. Additionally, we show the suitability of this device for bilayer analysis and to estimate the absorption coefficient of homogeneous diffusing media. Finally, we present a proof-of-principle arterial occlusion measurement on a healthy volunteer to validate the proposed approach in a real application. Fast-gated counters can dramatically reduce both costs and complexity in time-resolved multichannel systems, while achieving high count-rate, thus offering a great advantage in applications like brain and muscle functional imaging.

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