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Analysis of skin oil by FT-IR spectroscopy
Author(s): Keshava B. Dasarathy; Krishnan K. Chittur; Belur V. Dasarathy
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Paper Abstract

Secreted skin oil is a complex mixture of lipids, cholesterol, fatty acids, and a large number of other components. Its composition varies among individuals and with changes in physiology. In this paper, the feasibility of obtaining reproducible spectra of skin oils from individuals with a very simple, noninvasive technique is reported. Using pattern recognition algorithms, spectra could be classified on the basis of ethnicity and gender. Differences in spectra between individuals were larger than those between replicate samples taken from the same individual. While there are easier techniques for gender and ethnic identification, our purpose in this paper is to show that information of some value exists in skin-oil spectra. We believe that this approach could be used for such practical discrimination problems such as the determination of high and low cholesterol levels if confirmatory information for training such classifiers were available.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2847, Applications of Digital Image Processing XIX, (14 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258258
Show Author Affiliations
Keshava B. Dasarathy, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Krishnan K. Chittur, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Belur V. Dasarathy, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2847:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XIX
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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