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Development of a non-invasive LED based device for adipose tissue thickness measurements in vivo
Author(s): K. Volceka; D. Jakovels; Z. Arina; J. Zaharans; E. Kviesis; A. Strode; E. Svampe; L. Ozolina-Moll; M. M. Butnere
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Paper Abstract

There are a number of techniques for body composition assessment in clinics and in field-surveys, but in all cases the applied methods have advantages and disadvantages. High precision imaging methods are available, though expensive and non-portable, however, the methods devised for the mass population, often suffer from the lack of precision. Therefore, the development of a safe, mobile, non-invasive, optical method that would be easy to perform, precise and low-cost, but also would offer an accurate assessment of subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) both in lean and in obese persons is required. Thereof, the diffuse optical spectroscopy is advantageous over the aforementioned techniques. A prototype device using an optical method for measurement of the SAT thickness in vivo has been developed. The probe contained multiple LEDs (660nm) distributed at various distances from the photo-detector which allow different light penetration depths into the subcutaneous tissue. The differences of the reflected light intensities were used to create a non-linear model, and the computed values were compared with the corresponding thicknesses of SAT, assessed by B-mode ultrasonography. The results show that with the optical system used in this study, accurate results of different SAT thicknesses can be obtained, and imply a further potential for development of multispectral optical system to observe changes of SAT thickness as well as to determine the percentage of total body fat.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8427, Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care III, 84273N (8 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.922704
Show Author Affiliations
K. Volceka, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
D. Jakovels, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
Z. Arina, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
J. Zaharans, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
E. Kviesis, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
A. Strode, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
E. Svampe, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
L. Ozolina-Moll, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
M. M. Butnere, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8427:
Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care III
Jürgen Popp; Wolfgang Drexler; Valery V. Tuchin; Dennis L. Matthews, Editor(s)

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