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A technique for near-infrared autofluorescence imaging of skin: preliminary results
Author(s): Xiao Han; Harvey Lui; David I. McLean; Haishan Zeng
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Paper Abstract

Melanin is essentially a nonfluoresent material under ultra-violet (UV) and short wavelength visible light excitation. However, fluorescence emission from in vivo cutaneous melanin has recently been detected spectroscopically under near-infrared (NIR) excitation by our group. The objective of this study is to develop an in vivo NIR autofluorescence imaging system for direct observation and characterization of melanin distribution in human skin. In the imaging system, light coming from a 785 nm diode laser is coupled into a ring light guide to uniformly illuminate the skin surface. The fluorescence or reflectance light is collected by an NIR-sensitive CCD camera with and without long-pass filters. Both reflectance and autofluorescence images of nevi from three volunteers were obtained with exposure time of less than 1 second. In NIR autofluorescence images the pigmented areas showed higher fluorescence than adjacent normal skin, thus confirmed the previous spectroscopic results and demonstrated great promises for using NIR autofluorescence for evaluating pigmented skin lesions.

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Date Published: 22 February 2006
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 6078, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics II, 60780S (22 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.646416
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Xiao Han, British Columbia Cancer Research Ctr. (Canada)
The Univ. of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (Canada)
Harvey Lui, British Columbia Cancer Research Ctr. (Canada)
The Univ. of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (Canada)
David I. McLean, British Columbia Cancer Research Ctr. (Canada)
The Univ. of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (Canada)
Haishan Zeng, British Columbia Cancer Research Ctr. (Canada)
The Univ. of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (Canada)


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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