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Developing an optical fiber reflectance spectrometer to monitor bilirubinemia in neonates
Author(s): Steven L. Jacques; Iyad S. Saidi; Anne Ladner; David Oelberg
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Paper Abstract

The paper presents the basics underlying development of an optical fiber spectrometer for measurement of skin bilirubin in new-born infants. It is possible to directly deduce the bilirubin levels in the skin using first principles of optical transport, rather than relying on a calibration study in a test population of neonatal subjects where optical measurements are correlated with laboratory serum levels of bilirubin. The optical method reported here measures cutaneous bilirubin despite variations in fibrillar development of the dermis, epidermal melanin content, or cutaneous blood content.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2975, Laser-Tissue Interaction VIII, (16 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.275465
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Steven L. Jacques, Oregon Medical Laser Ctr. (United States)
Iyad S. Saidi, Rice Univ. (United States)
Anne Ladner, Univ. of Texas/Houston Health Science Ctr. (United States)
David Oelberg, Univ. of Texas/Houston Health Science Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2975:
Laser-Tissue Interaction VIII
Steven L. Jacques, Editor(s)

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