Patent Number: 7,787,121

Title: Imaging apparatus

Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a light source unit that selectively outputs white light and light in a different wavelength band to an observation target, an imaging unit including an imaging device, and a spectral image formation circuit that generates a spectral image signal for a specified wavelength by an operation using an image signal based on an output from the imaging unit and predetermined matrix data. The imaging unit selectively obtains an image of the observation target for each of first, second and third light components in a visible light region and an image for each of at least fourth and fifth light components in a near-infrared region. Further, the imaging unit includes first spectral devices that make only the first and fourth light components enter first pixels of the imaging device and second spectral devices that make only the second and fifth light components enter second pixels thereof.

Inventors: Tsujita; Kazuhiro (Ashigarakami-gun, JP), Sunagawa; Hiroshi (Ashigarakami-gun, JP), Kikuchi; Katsuya (Saitama, JP), Kawanishi; Tetsuya (Saitama, JP)

Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation

International Classification: G01N 21/25 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018