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Optical measurements on human synovial fluid and its relevance to pathology
Author(s): Nicholas Stone; Hugh Barr M.D.; Rafi Ahmad
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Paper Abstract

The feasibility of assessing knee joint pathology by measuring the optical properties of human synovial fluid was investigated. Absorption and fluorescence measurements were made in vitro. Many samples were found to contain traces of haemoglobin, which even in small concentrations is a strong absorber. This may have been present due to joint pathology or contamination from the extraction process. Synovial fluid was also found to be highly scattering at small wavelengths. This may obscure useful diagnostic information. The combination of these factors indicates that the method of optical diagnostics from synovial fluid is of little use at present.

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Date Published: 11 December 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2927, Optical and Imaging Techniques for Biomonitoring II, (11 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.260655
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Nicholas Stone, Gloucester Royal Hospital (United Kingdom)
Hugh Barr M.D., Gloucester Royal Hospital (United Kingdom)
Rafi Ahmad, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2927:
Optical and Imaging Techniques for Biomonitoring II
Hans-Jochen Foth; Renato Marchesini; Halina Podbielska M.D., Editor(s)

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