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A study on the quantitative evaluation of skin barrier function
Author(s): Tomomi Maruyama; Yasuhiro Kabetani; Michiko Kido; Kenji Yamada; Hirotoshi Oikaze; Yohei Takechi; Tomotaka Furuta; Shoichi Ishii; Haruna Katayama; Hieyong Jeong; Yuko Ohno
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Paper Abstract

We propose a quantitative evaluation method of skin barrier function using Optical Coherence Microscopy system (OCM system) with coherency of near-infrared light. There are a lot of skin problems such as itching, irritation and so on. It has been recognized skin problems are caused by impairment of skin barrier function, which prevents damage from various external stimuli and loss of water. To evaluate skin barrier function, it is a common strategy that they observe skin surface and ask patients about their skin condition. The methods are subjective judgements and they are influenced by difference of experience of persons. Furthermore, microscopy has been used to observe inner structure of the skin in detail, and in vitro measurements like microscopy requires tissue sampling. On the other hand, it is necessary to assess objectively skin barrier function by quantitative evaluation method. In addition, non-invasive and nondestructive measuring method and examination changes over time are needed. Therefore, in vivo measurements are crucial for evaluating skin barrier function. In this study, we evaluate changes of stratum corneum structure which is important for evaluating skin barrier function by comparing water-penetrated skin with normal skin using a system with coherency of near-infrared light. Proposed method can obtain in vivo 3D images of inner structure of body tissue, which is non-invasive and non-destructive measuring method. We formulate changes of skin ultrastructure after water penetration. Finally, we evaluate the limit of performance of the OCM system in this work in order to discuss how to improve the OCM system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9313, Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic and Surgical Guidance Systems XIII, 93131F (4 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2079655
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Tomomi Maruyama, Osaka Univ. Graduate School of Medicine (Japan)
Yasuhiro Kabetani, Panasonic Corp. (Japan)
Michiko Kido, Osaka Univ. Graduate School of Medicine (Japan)
Kenji Yamada, Osaka Univ. Graduate School of Medicine (Japan)
Hirotoshi Oikaze, Panasonic Corp. (Japan)
Yohei Takechi, Panasonic Corp. (Japan)
Tomotaka Furuta, Panasonic Corp. (Japan)
Shoichi Ishii, Panasonic Corp. (Japan)
Haruna Katayama, Osaka Univ. Graduate School of Medicine (Japan)
Hieyong Jeong, Osaka Univ. Graduate School of Medicine (Japan)
Yuko Ohno, Osaka Univ. Graduate School of Medicine (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9313:
Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic and Surgical Guidance Systems XIII
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; Tuan Vo-Dinh; Warren S. Grundfest; Quan Liu, Editor(s)

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