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Simultaneous spectrophotometric and mechanical property characterization of skin
Author(s): Leonid Bunegin; Jeffery B. Moore
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Paper Abstract

Both reflectance spectroscopy and the determination Young's Modulus of skin have shown promise for identifying skin pathology. At present, these determinations are carried out using separate methodologies. This study demonstrates a new technology combining digital UV/VIS reflectance spectroscopy and vacuum aspiration for simultaneously determining the reflectance spectrum and mechanical properties of human skin tissue. A small hand held prototype device incorporating fiber-optic light guides into a vacuum channel was calibrated using various elastic materials subjected to increments of stress by vacuum from 0 to 25 in Hg. The intensity of a UV/VIS light beam reflected from the material at each vacuum increment was compared to the resulting material strain. The reflected beam was also spectrophotometrically analyzed. Skin types were similarly evaluated comparing normal and scar tissue and skin of various ages and coloration. An exponential relationship between reflected beam intensity and the amount of strain resulting from vacuum increments was observed. Young's Modulus (calculated from Aoki et. al equation) and spectra from normal skin and scar tissue were in agreement with previously published observations. Age related decreases in skin elasticity were also demonstrated. In the reflectance spectra, oxy and deoxy-hemoglobin absorbance bands were detected, becoming significantly enhanced at increased levels of vacuum. Melanin absorbance was also easily detected and appeared to correlate with skin coloration. Since superficial skin pathologies have characteristic spectroscopic and mechanical properties, this technique may provide a promising new approach for rapid, non-invasive method for the evaluation of skin lesions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6078, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics II, 607807 (15 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.644755
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Leonid Bunegin, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. (United States)
Jeffery B. Moore, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6078:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics II
Kenton W. Gregory; Nikiforos Kollias; Reza S. Malek; Michael D. Lucroy; Henry Hirschberg; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Eugene A. Trowers; Werner T.W. de Riese; Justus F. R. Ilgner; Steen J. Madsen; Lloyd P. Tate; Haishan Zeng; Guillermo J. Tearney; Bernard Choi, Editor(s)

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