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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 3 — Oct. 1, 2010
  • pp: 771–779

Optical characterization of cutaneous transilluminators for eye safety

Sharon Miller, Robert James, Robert Landry, and Joshua Pfefer  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 1, Issue 3, pp. 771-779 (2010)

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Cutaneous transilluminators are light-emitting devices used to localize blood vessels for various medical procedures. They are often used in populations that may be at increased risk for skin burns, such as neonates and the elderly. While there is a known potential for skin burns, little is known about the ophthalmic risk from the use of these devices. This paper will report on the laboratory evaluation of the potential ocular hazards from transilluminators (TIs). Our results indicate that transilluminators which incorporate white-light LEDs have emissions that have the potential for producing injury to the retina, especially in patients who may have a reduced aversion response.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.5630) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Radiometry
(330.3350) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision - laser damage

ToC Category:
Optical Biohazards and Safety

Original Manuscript: June 2, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 31, 2010
Published: September 2, 2010

Sharon Miller, Robert James, Robert Landry, and Joshua Pfefer, "Optical characterization of cutaneous transilluminators for eye safety," Biomed. Opt. Express 1, 771-779 (2010)

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