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Non-contact fast Mueller matrix measurement system for investigation of inflammatory skin diseases
Author(s): Dierk Fricke; Stephan Maas; Lennart Jütte; Merve Wollweber; Bernhard Roth
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Paper Abstract

Optical systems have shown their potential in non-invasive medical diagnostics over the last years. While most imaging systems use information on wavelength or phase, e.g. OCT, in our approach we focus on the polarization properties of biotissue. We designed a Mueller matrix (MM) measurement setup for in vivo investigations on skin tissue. The MM describes the polarization-changing properties of a sample.. Thus, it is possible to calculate the MM from images taken with different polarization states of the illuminating and the observed light. For medical application, an important requirement is that the process is fast to enable in vivo measurement, avoid motion artifacts, and reduce stress for patients. In our setup, we use a combination of two polarizers and four liquid crystal retarders to quickly change between polarization states. The system is able to measure the location dependent MM of a target for different wavelengths. It is designed for measurement in reflection mode, however, upon simple modifications, it can be used in transmission mode as well. One interesting field of application is diagnostics for inflammatory skin diseases. Here, for example, changes in the structure and concentration of collagen could provide diagnostically valuable information. We evaluated our system on different skin phantoms to investigate the diagnostic advantages compared to standard approaches. In the future, our system could be part of a non-contact dermatoscopic device and provide extra information for the physician.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10863, Photonic Diagnosis and Treatment of Infections and Inflammatory Diseases II, 1086307 (7 March 2019);
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Dierk Fricke, Hannoversches Zentrum für Optische Technologien, Leibniz Univ. Hannover (Germany)
Stephan Maas, Hannoversches Zentrum für Optische Technologien, Leibniz Univ. Hannover (Germany)
Lennart Jütte, Hannoversches Zentrum für Optische Technologien, Leibniz Univ. Hannover (Germany)
Merve Wollweber, Hannoversches Zentrum für Optische Technologien, Leibniz Univ. Hannover (Germany)
Bernhard Roth, Hannoversches Zentrum für Optische Technologien, Leibniz Univ. Hannover (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10863:
Photonic Diagnosis and Treatment of Infections and Inflammatory Diseases II
Tianhong Dai; Jürgen Popp; Mei X. Wu M.D., Editor(s)

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