Abstract

Laser speckle imaging (LSI) is a noninvasive optical imaging technique able to provide wide-field two-dimensional maps of moving particles. Raw laser speckle images are typically taken with a scientific-grade monochrome camera. We demonstrate that a digital single-lens reflex (dSLR) camera with a Bayer filter is able to provide similar sensitivity despite taking information only from a specific pixel color. Here we demonstrate the effect of changing three primary dSLR exposure settings (i.e., aperture, exposure time/shutter speed, and gain/sensitivity (ISO)) on speckle contrast. In addition, we present data from an in vivo reactive hyperemia experiment that demonstrates the qualitative similarity in blood-flow dynamics visualized with a color dSLR and a scientific-grade monochrome camera.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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