Polarization Imaging Apparatus for Cell and Tissue Imaging and Diagnostics

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNJ06JE57C
Agency Tracking Number: 040078
Amount: $598,396.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: T5.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.
6F Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801-1721
DUNS: 114584175
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yingyin Zou
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 935-2800
 kzou@bostonati.com
Business Contact
 Yingyin Zou
Title: Business Official
Phone: (510) 414-9999
Email: kzou@bostonati.com
Research Institution
 The Catholic University of America
 Not Available
 620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC, 20061
 (202) 319-5244
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
This work proposes to capitalize on our Phase I success in a novel visible-near infrared Stokes polarization imaging technology based on high performance fast tunable phase retarder and novel algorithms for analyzing and diagnosing biological phantoms and cells. Phase I results have demonstrated the feasibility of this technique in in-vivo analyzing biological phantoms and cells. In this Phase II proposal, Boston Applied Technologies Incorporated, will team up with the Catholic University of America and Georgetown University to further develop this technique and apply it to biological cell analysis. Prototypes Stokes imaging system with real time video will be designed and developed. Computer-aided diagnosis software will be further developed for the imaging system with improved classification accuracy and speed. The Stokes polarization imaging system and its computer-aided diagnosis software will be tested on fresh tissue samples from laboratory animals. The tissues will include normal tissues from multiple organs as well as cancerous tissue from laboratory animals. The Stokes images will be compared to reflectance confocal microscopy images and standard light microscopy images to reveal the polarization fingerprints of biological tissues/cells.

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