Abstract

The telecentric lens, which was originally used in the machine vision industry, has often been utilized in biomedical imaging systems due to its commonly known properties, such as large transverse field of view, constant magnification, and long working distance. However, its potential advantages in optical imaging of biological tissue, which is highly diffusive, have not been fully explored. We revisit the idea that a telecentric lens system can bring an alternative yet simple method for reducing unwanted scattering or diffuse light in biological tissue, owing to its highly anisotropic scattering properties. Using biological tissue and tissue phantoms, we demonstrate advantages attributed to the use of telecentric lens in tissue imaging compared with imaging using conventional nontelecentric optics. Directional or angular gating (or filtering) using a telecentric lens is beneficial for removing a portion of diffuse light in highly anisotropic scattering media with high values of the scattering anisotropy factor. We envision that a telecentric lens could be potentially incorporated into an instrument of modest design and cost, increasing rapid practical adoption.

© 2015 Optical Society of America

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