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Dependence of light transmission through human skin on incident beam diameter at different wavelengths
Author(s): ZhongQuan Zhao; Paul W. Fairchild
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Paper Abstract

For many skin treatments with light, it is important to have deep photon penetration into the skin. Because of absorption and scattering of photons by skin tissue, both the color and the diameter of the incident beam affect the penetration depth of photons. In this study, the dependence of light transmission through human skin tissues (ear lobs and between the fingers) has been measured in-vivo at six wavelengths (532 nm, 632 nm, 675 nm, 810 nm, 911 nm, and 1064 nm). The same measurement was also made on pig skin in-vitro for comparison. It was observed that (1) the photons at 1064 nm penetrate deeper than the other colors studied for a given incident beam diameter; and (2) the transmittance at a particular wavelength increases asymptotically with incident beam diameter. For some skin tissues, the transmittance flattens at about 8 mm for 532 nm photons and approaches saturation at about 12 mm for all other colors. The results on pig skin is similar.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3254, Laser-Tissue Interaction IX, (13 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308184
Show Author Affiliations
ZhongQuan Zhao, ThermoLase Corp. (United States)
Paul W. Fairchild, ThermoLase Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3254:
Laser-Tissue Interaction IX
Steven L. Jacques; Jeff Lotz, Editor(s)

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