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Influence of tissue movements on laser Doppler perfusion imaging
Author(s): Daniel M.G. Karlsson; Marcus Larsson; Tomas Stroemberg; Karin Wardell
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Paper Abstract

The microvascular perfusion can be measured using laser Doppler blood flowmetry (LDF), a technique sensitive to the concentration of moving blood cells and their velocity. However, movements of the tissue itself can cause artifacts in the perfusion readings. In a clinical situation, these movement induced artifacts may arise from patient movements or from movements of internal organs e.g. the intestines or the beating heart. Therefore, we have studied how a well-controlled tissue movement affects the LDF signals during different flow conditions and for different surface structures. Tissue perfusion was recorded non-touch in one point using a laser Doppler perfusion imager. During the measurements the object was placed on a shaker that generated the movement (both horizontal and vertical). Measurements were carried out both on DELRIN (polyacetal plastic) and the fingertip, for a wide range of velocities (0-3 cm/s). The influence of the microvascular perfusion was evaluated by occluding the brachial artery as well as blood emptying the finger and by using a flow model. The LDF signals were correlated to the movement. In vivo measurements showed that velocities above 0.8 cm/s gave a significant contribution to the perfusion signal. Corresponding velocities for the DELRIN piece were higher (1.4 - 2.6 cm/s), and dependent on the surface structures and reflecting properties. By reducing the amount of specular reflection the movement influence was substantially lowered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4624, Optical Diagnostics and Sensing of Biological Fluids and Glucose and Cholesterol Monitoring II, (23 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468313
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Daniel M.G. Karlsson, Linkoepings Univ. (Sweden)
Marcus Larsson, Linkoepings Univ. (Sweden)
Tomas Stroemberg, Linkoepings Univ. (Sweden)
Karin Wardell, Linkoepings Univ. (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4624:
Optical Diagnostics and Sensing of Biological Fluids and Glucose and Cholesterol Monitoring II
Alexander V. Priezzhev; Gerard L. Cote, Editor(s)

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