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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Assessing the sensitivity of human skin hyperspectral responses to increasing anemia severity levels
Author(s): Gladimir V. G. Baranoski; Ankita Dey; Tenn F. Chen

Paper Abstract

Anemia is a prevalent medical condition that seriously affects millions of people all over the world. In many regions, not only its initial detection but also its monitoring are hindered by limited access to laboratory facilities. This situation has motivated the development of a wide range of optical devices and procedures to assist physicians in these tasks. Although noticeable progress has been achieved in this area, the search for reliable, low-cost, and risk-free solutions still continues, and the strengthening of the knowledge base about this disorder and its effects is essential for the success of these initiatives. We contribute to these efforts by closely examining the sensitivity of human skin hyperspectral responses (within and outside the visible region of the light spectrum) to reduced hemoglobin concentrations associated with increasing anemia severity levels. This investigation, which involves skin specimens with distinct biophysical and morphological characteristics, is supported by controlled <italic<in silico</italic< experiments performed using a predictive light transport model and measured data reported in the biomedical literature. We also propose a noninvasive procedure to be employed in the monitoring of this condition at the point-of-care.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2015
PDF: 14 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 20(9) 095002 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.20.9.095002
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 20, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
Gladimir V. G. Baranoski, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Ankita Dey, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Tenn F. Chen, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)


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