Optical Imaging

Also known as: medical optical imaging.

What is optical imaging?

Optical imaging is a cutting edge form of imaging that’s used to detect medical problems. It creates better images that can differentiate between different types of tissues, and it also exposes the patient to no radiation.

What happens during the procedure?

The procedure will vary based on the type of optical imaging that is used. Flat disks may be placed on the scalp to measure and monitor oxygenation of the brain for example children in the intensive care unit.

Is any special preparation needed?

In most cases, no special preparation is needed.

What are the risk factors?

There is very little risk to optical imaging.


Reviewed by: Prasanna Jayakar, MD, PhD.

This page was last updated on: 7/27/2018 9:22:44 AM

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