Author(s): Dong L, He L, Lin Y, Shang Y, Yu G
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Abstract Near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) has recently been employed for noninvasive acquisition of blood flow information in deep tissues. Based on the established correlation diffusion equation, the light intensity autocorrelation function detected by DCS is determined by a blood flow index αD(B), tissue absorption coefficient μ(a), reduced scattering coefficient μ'(s), and a coherence factor β. This study is designed to investigate the possibility of extracting multiple parameters such as μ(a), μ'(s), β, and αD(B) through fitting one single autocorrelation function curve and evaluate the performance of different fitting methods. For this purpose, computer simulations, tissue-like phantom experiments, and in vivo tissue measurements were utilized. The results suggest that it is impractical to simultaneously fit αD(B) and μ(a) or αD(B) and μ'(s) from one single autocorrelation function curve due to the large crosstalk between these paired parameters. However, simultaneously fitting β and αD(B) is feasible and generates more accurate estimation with smaller standard deviation compared to the conventional two-step fitting method (i.e., first calculating β and then fitting αD(B)). The outcomes from this study provide a crucial guidance for DCS data analysis.
This article was published in IEEE Trans Biomed Eng
and referenced in Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research