Imaging with a terahertz quantum cascade laser for biomedical applications

Seongsin M. Kim, Fariba Hatami, Allison W. Kurian, Lynford Goddard, James Ford, James S. Harris, Giacomo Scalari, Marcella Giovannini, Nicolas Hoyler, Jerome Faist, Geoff Harris

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


We investigated and demonstrated bio-medical imaging using a THz quantum cascade laser. With the THz quantum cascade laser (QCL) at 3.8 THz, we obtained large dynamic range and high spatial resolution in the transmission imaging technique. The various tissues images, such as lung, liver, and brain sections from the laboratory mouse were obtained and studied. The most important factor for this imaging scheme is to obtain high contrast with different absorption characteristics in tissues. We explored distinct images from the fat, muscles and tendon from the freshly cut tissues and investigated absorption coefficient and compared with FTIR measurement. We also demonstrated the image of distinct region of tumors progressed and normal tissues using this technique. The comparison of frequency dependent medical imaging with utilizing different wavelength of QCLs has been addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number60100I
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventInfrared to Terahertz Technologies for Health and the Environment - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Oct 24 2005Oct 25 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Imaging with a terahertz quantum cascade laser for biomedical applications'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this