Optical study on the dependence of breast tissue composition and structure on subject anamnesis

Paola Taroni, Giovanna Quarto, Antonio Pifferi, Francesca Abbate, Nicola Balestreri, Simona Menna, Enrico Cassano, Rinaldo Cubeddu

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Time domain multi-wavelength (635 to 1060 nm) optical mammography was performed on 200 subjects to estimate their average breast tissue composition in terms of oxy- and deoxy-hemoglobin, water, lipid and collagen, and structural information, as provided by scattering parameters (amplitude and power). Significant (and often marked) dependence of tissue composition and structure on age, menopausal status, body mass index, and use of oral contraceptives was demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISBN (Print)9781628417036
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventDiffuse Optical Imaging V - Munich, Germany
Duration: Jun 23 2015Jun 25 2015


OtherDiffuse Optical Imaging V


  • breast cancer
  • time-resolved diffuse optical imaging
  • tissue composition
  • Tissue diagnostics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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