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Diffuse reflection imaging of sub-epidermal tissue haematocrit using a simple RGB camera
Author(s): Martin J. Leahy; Jim O'Doherty; Paul McNamara; Joakim Henricson; Gert E. Nilsson; Chris Anderson; Folke Sjoberg
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the design and evaluation of a novel easy to use, tissue viability imaging system (TiVi). The system is based on the methods of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and polarization spectroscopy. The technique has been developed as an alternative to current imaging technology in the area of microcirculation imaging, most notably optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser Doppler perfusion imaging (LDPI). The system is based on standard digital camera technology, and is sensitive to red blood cells (RBCs) in the microcirculation. Lack of clinical acceptance of both OCT and LDPI fuels the need for an objective, simple, reproducible and portable imaging method that can provide accurate measurements related to stimulus vasoactivity in the microvasculature. The limitations of these technologies are discussed in this paper. Uses of the Tissue Viability system include skin care products, drug development, and assessment spatial and temporal aspects of vasodilation (erythema) and vasoconstriction (blanching).

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 2007
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 6535, Saratov Fall Meeting 2006: Optical Technologies in Biophysics and Medicine VIII, 653503 (26 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.740600
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Martin J. Leahy, Univ. of Limerick (Ireland)
Jim O'Doherty, Univ. of Limerick (Ireland)
Paul McNamara, Univ. of Limerick (Ireland)
Joakim Henricson, Linköping Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Gert E. Nilsson, Linköping Univ. (Sweden)
WheelsBridge AB (Sweden)
Chris Anderson, Linköping Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Folke Sjoberg, Linköping Univ. Hospital (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6535:
Saratov Fall Meeting 2006: Optical Technologies in Biophysics and Medicine VIII
Valery V. Tuchin, Editor(s)

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