Imaging of early stage breast cancer with circularly polarized light

Viktor Dremin*, Dmytro Anin, Oleksii Sieryi, Mariia Borovkova, Juha Näpänkangas, Igor Meglinski, Alexander Bykov

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In this study, we utilize the properties of polarized light for the analysis of paraffin-embedded breast cancer samples. We perform the measurements of the full Stokes vector of back-reflected radiation and calculate the degree of polarization as a diagnostic criterion for the separation of healthy and cancer sample sections. We show that circularly polarized light scattered within the breast sample is sensitive to the presence of cancer cells. The degree of the polarization of the reected light was found to be the most sensitive parameter for the reliable differentiation of tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1136304
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2020
EventTissue Optics and Photonics 2020 - None, France
Duration: 6 Apr 202010 Apr 2020

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  • Breast cancer
  • Degree of polarization
  • Polarimetric imaging
  • Stokes polarimetry


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