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Noninvasive detection of water and blood content in soft tissue from the optical reflectance spectrum
Author(s): Cheng-Lun Tsai; Janie M. Fouke
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Paper Abstract

The diffusive reflectance intensity of skin in the near-infrared range is shown to be greatly influenced by its water content, similar to the way in which hemoglobin content affects the skin color in the visible range. The different behavior of water and hemoglobin at selected wavelengths might allow us to distinguish changes in fluid balance. The simplicity and high sensitivity of an optical method show a promising way of identifying a slight change in water content in soft tissue. The understanding of how the skin reflectance spectrum responds to the change in blood and water content will be the basis of a simplified multi-wavelength monitoring instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1888, Photon Migration and Imaging in Random Media and Tissues, (14 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.154668
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Cheng-Lun Tsai, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Janie M. Fouke, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1888:
Photon Migration and Imaging in Random Media and Tissues
Britton Chance; Robert R. Alfano, Editor(s)

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