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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Application of optical methods to characterize textile materials and their influence on the human skin
Author(s): Helene Strese; Monika Kuck; Sabine Schanzer; Heike Richter; Martina C. Meinke; Wolfram Sterry; Jürgen M. Lademann; Rainer Benken; Joachim Fluhr; Christian Benderoth; Gottfried J. Frankowski
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Paper Abstract

The skin is not only the largest organ of the human body, but it is also a barrier to the environment. The major part of the human skin is in constant contact with textile materials. The objective of this study was to characterize textile materials and to investigate their influence on the skin properties. For this purpose, two different textile materials (polyamide and polyester) were objectively characterized by optical coherence tomography and surface structure 3D-profilometry. In addition, subjective textile properties like haptic sensation and stiffness, as tactile characteristics felt by volunteers, were analyzed. The objective textile characteristics and subjective parameters were compared to the barrier properties measured by in vivo laser scanning microscopy . Comparable results were achieved between barrier properties and subjective assessment in relation to the textile characteristics in favor of the polyester fabric. Consequently, the optical method used in dermatology for the analysis of the skin can be applied to characterize and evaluate textile fabrics and their interaction with human skin in vivo.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2011
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 16(4) 046013 doi: 10.1117/1.3562978
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 16, Issue 4
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Helene Strese, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
Monika Kuck, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
Sabine Schanzer, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
Heike Richter, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
Martina C. Meinke, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
Wolfram Sterry, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
Jürgen M. Lademann, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
Rainer Benken, Institut an der Univ. Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
Joachim Fluhr, Institut an der Univ. Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
Christian Benderoth, GFMesstechnik GmbH (Germany)
Gottfried J. Frankowski, GFMesstechnik GmbH (Germany)

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