Single shot laser speckle based 3D acquisition system for medical applications

Danish Khan, Muhammad Ayaz Shirazi, Min Young Kim

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The state of the art techniques used by medical practitioners to extract the three-dimensional (3D) geometry of different body parts requires a series of images/frames such as laser line profiling or structured light scanning. Movement of the patients during scanning process often leads to inaccurate measurements due to sequential image acquisition. Single shot structured techniques are robust to motion but the prevalent challenges in single shot structured light methods are the low density and algorithm complexity. In this research, a single shot 3D measurement system is presented that extracts the 3D point cloud of human skin by projecting a laser speckle pattern using a single pair of images captured by two synchronized cameras. In contrast to conventional laser speckle 3D measurement systems that realize stereo correspondence by digital correlation of projected speckle patterns, the proposed system employs KLT tracking method to locate the corresponding points. The 3D point cloud contains no outliers and sufficient quality of 3D reconstruction is achieved. The 3D shape acquisition of human body parts validates the potential application of the proposed system in the medical industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalOptics and Lasers in Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • 3D reconstruction
  • Laser speckle pattern
  • Optical 3D measurement
  • Single shot 3D sensing
  • Stereophotogrammetry


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