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Scattering and refractive index properties of skin obtained with OCT
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Paper Abstract

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) provides more parameters than pure morphology does. In a recent paper we have shown that the refractive index (RI) can be evaluated in a localized manner in skin tissue under in vivo conditions. Further evaluation provides scattering parameters (scatter width) of turbid materials down to penetration depths of some 100 μm. Measurements have been done in vitro in pig skin and in vivo in human skin with our OCT scanner SkinDex 300. The parameters RI and scatter width may have a viable impact on skin research and clinical diagnoses. In addition, we demonstrate the breakdown of the ballistic light propagation in turbid material and tissue due to multiple forward scattering.

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Date Published: 2 October 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5140, Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques, (2 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.499403
Show Author Affiliations
Alexander R. Knuettel, ISIS Optronics GmbH (Germany)
Slavtcho M. Bonev, Fachhoch Schule Mannheim (Germany)
W. Knaak, Fachhoch Schule Mannheim (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5140:
Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques
Wolfgang Drexler, Editor(s)

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