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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 19 — Sep. 18, 2006
  • pp: 8661–8674

Modeling diffuse reflectance from semi-infinite turbid media: application to the study of skin optical properties

George Zonios and Aikaterini Dimou  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 19, pp. 8661-8674 (2006)

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Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in the visible and NIR spectral ranges is an effective and extensively used technique for the non-invasive study and characterization of various biological tissues. In this article, a short review of currently available modeling techniques for diffuse reflectance from semi-infinite turbid media is presented. Starting from the basic physical picture of the diffuse reflectance problem, a simple and practical model is then proposed for use with fiber optic probes. The validity of the model is tested on tissue phantoms and is then applied to the analysis of diffuse reflectance spectra collected from human skin in vivo.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.6510) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, tissue diagnostics

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: June 2, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 30, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 12, 2006
Published: September 18, 2006

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George Zonios and Aikaterini Dimou, "Modeling diffuse reflectance from semi-infinite turbid media: application to the study of skin optical properties," Opt. Express 14, 8661-8674 (2006)

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