Optical imaging

Optical imaging is a technique enhanced by means of electromagnetic radiation and involves looking into a patient’s body in the least invasive way. Optical radiation is an alternative to the use of x-rays to obtain images of the internal organs and tissues of the patients. The difference between x-rays and optic imaging is that the latter makes use of light and photons so as to relay images of molecules, cells, tissues and organs within the body whereas the former makes use of ionizing radiation to do the same. Optical imaging is helpful in scientific research and also in treatment of diseases as it offers communities among the safest ways to have internal diseases diagnosed and also checked for establishing progress of medication without any side effects.

Communities who access treatment for internal illness by means of optical radiation as compared to x-rays get probably the best healthcare. Radiations are harmful to the body and thus constant exposure may lead to death of body cells and development of further illnesses. This makes optic radiation of great significance to any community, including my community. In optical radiation, electrons are excited by the means infrared and ultraviolet rays. This minimizes the damage that is possible through other form of radiation, especially ionizing radiation and thus is the safest option for patients. This also ensures that radiation is much faster and less times is taken in the diagnosis of patients.

Patients in my community benefit from optic radiation in the sense that they can now be exposed to procedures that run at length in attempts to treat diseases associated with internal tissues or organs. These procedures can also be repeated from time to time, especially to check on the progress of treatment. This is because they are exposed to less risks and the procedures are much faster. Treatment through optic radiation guarantees patients in a community quick progression in recovery and also overall positive results as it is very safe with patients.

There are always problems with imaging soft tissues, cells and even molecules within the human body. Optical radiation however offers the best solution for imaging this for medical practitioners and patients and even researchers. Electrons in optical radiation are excited by the means of infrared and ultraviolet rays which ensures that the same can be effective in soft tissues. There is the absorption and scattering of light differently by the soft tissues. This ensures that they can be imaged easily as light is what is used to excite electrons in optic radiation. This benefits the community in that even ailments in the soft tissues can be spotted and treated with ease.

Complex ailments plague communities that only one form of radiation can detect and treat, or require intricate experiments to provide ways in which the same can be handled. Optical imagine can be used to get almost all sizes of images from the human body and thus can be used with a combination of other forms of imaging to give researchers and doctors finer details of complex ailments, most of which are chronic diseases and thus through these details treatment or even mitigation for the same can be developed. Thus, optical radiation is useful for any community as it can also be used in combination with other imaging techniques to come up with ways of handling complex diseases and conditions within a community.

Lastly, optical radiation can be used for imagining to establish more than one factor in a body cell, tissue or body organ at the same time. This is attributed to more than just one property of light as it is this light that is used in generating images of the cells, tissues and body organs. This ensures that more than one diagnosis can be made on a patient at the same time and thus a patient is exposed to less and less radiations, ensuring that the exposure to risks is limited. Thus, the use of optical radiation is an important imaging technique as compared other imaging techniques and serves a community better in the discussed ways.


Arridge, S. R., & Hebden, J. C. (1997). Optical imaging in medicine: II. Modelling and reconstruction. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 42(5), 841.


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