Optical implementation of partially negative filters using a spectrally tunable light source, and its application to contrast enhanced oral and dental imaging
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CitationHyttinen, Joni. Fält, Pauli. Jäsberg, Heli. Kullaa, Arja. Hauta-Kasari, Markku. (2019). Optical implementation of partially negative filters using a spectrally tunable light source, and its application to contrast enhanced oral and dental imaging. Optics express, 27 (23) , 34022-34037. 10.1364/OE.27.034022.
In optical imaging, optical filters can be used to enhance the visibility of features-of-interest and thus aid in visualization. Optical filter design based on hyperspectral imaging employs various statistical methods to find an optimal design. Some methods, like principal component analysis, produce vectors that can be interpreted as filters that have a partially negative transmission spectrum. These filters, however, are not directly implementable optically. Earlier implementations of partially negative filters have concentrated on spectral reconstruction. Here we show a novel method for implementing partially negative optical filters for contrast-enhancement purposes in imaging applications. We describe the method and its requirements, and show its feasibility with color chart and dental imaging examples. The results are promising: visual comparison of computational color chart render and optical measurement show matching images, and visual inspection of dental images show increased contrast.