Methods and apparatus for obtaining an image of light scattering biological tissue. A series of pulses of substantially monochromatic light of a first wavelength is generated and split into two parts, of which one part illuminates a scattering biological tissue at an intensity too low to damage the tissue, while a second part is upconverted to generate a pump beam. Sample light from the biological tissue, which may be scattered (or transmitted) light, or fluorescence, or Raman scattering, etc., is collected and directed from the scattering biological tissue, along with the pump beam, into a non-linear optical element, in a single pass or multiple passes. Parametrically amplified sample light emerging from the non-linear optical element is detected and analyzed or displayed.
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|Published - Nov 29 2016