Abstract

We present a method for the detection and localization of inhomogeneities embedded within highly scattering media that employs speckle statistics with a partially coherent light source. Variations in speckle contrast as a function of position are used to interrogate inhomogeneities deeply embedded within scattering media. A numerical model based on photon diffusion theory is introduced to predict speckle contrast as a function of scan position. This model uses measured speckle data to determine scattering and absorption parameters.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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