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A hand-held polarized-light camera for the detection of skin cancer borders
Author(s): Jessica C. Ramella-Roman; Kenneth Lee M.D.; Steven L. Jacques
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Paper Abstract

Polarized light imaging can be used to map the borders of skin cancer that are invisible to the human eye. We designed a hand-held polarized-light camera that is sensitive to the superficial layers of the skin where cancer often arises. The camera system consists of two 8-bit CCD mounted on two sides of a polarizing beam splitter. An imaging lens mounted on the beam splitter collects light reflected from the skin. The collected light is divided into two states of polarization: parallel (PAR) and perpendicular (PER) to the incident light orientation. A custom-code combines images streaming from both cameras to yield an image based on the polarization ratio (PAR - PER)/(PAR + PER), which is sensitive to the superficial skin layer. Experiments in reflectance mode on micro-spheres solutions were conducted to test the system; Monte Carlo simulations of these experiments demonstrated excellent correlation. Early clinical work was conducted at the Oregon Health and Science University in the Dermatology department. Images of several skin lesions are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5192, Optical Diagnostic Methods for Inorganic Materials III, (14 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.534100
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Jessica C. Ramella-Roman, Oregon Medical Laser Ctr. (United States)
Oregon Health and Science Univ. (United States)
Kenneth Lee M.D., Oregon Medical Laser Ctr. (United States)
Steven L. Jacques, Oregon Medical Laser Ctr. (United States)
Oregon Health and Science Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5192:
Optical Diagnostic Methods for Inorganic Materials III
Leonard M. Hanssen, Editor(s)

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