Abstract

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a therapeutic tool that uses the photobiochemical interaction between light and tissue. Its effectiveness is controversial due to a strong dependence on dosimetric parameters. In this work, we demonstrate that digital holographic microscopy is an effective label-free imaging technique to analyze the effects of LLLT on biological cells, and we propose the full methodology to create correct synthetic aperture phase maps for further extensive, highly accurate statistical analysis. The proposed methodology has been designed to provide a basis for many other biological experiments using quantitative phase imaging. We use SHSY-5Y and HaCaT cells irradiated with different doses of red light for the experiment. The analysis shows quantitative changes in cell dry mass density and the projected cell surface in response to different radiation doses.

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