Fractal nature of light scattering in tissues

Steven L. Jacques

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Light scattering by a tissue has a wavelength dependence that depends on the size distribution of scatterers in the tissue. By measuring the wavelength dependence of scattering, one can deduce changes in the nanoscale architecture of cells and tissues. This report discusses the connection between nanoscale architecture and measurable light scattering. The significance of this work is to develop label-free optical imaging that describes tissue structure, to complement the absorption, fluorescence, and Raman scattering spectra that describe the chemical constituents of a tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Optical scattering
  • biomedical optics
  • fractal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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