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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 3 — Apr. 4, 2013

Spectral morphological analysis of skin lesions with a polarization multispectral dermoscope

Dimitrios Kapsokalyvas, Nicola Bruscino, Domenico Alfieri, Vincenzo de Giorgi, Giovanni Cannarozzo, Riccardo Cicchi, Daniela Massi, Nicola Pimpinelli, and Francesco S. Pavone  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 4826-4840 (2013)

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Dermoscopy is the conventional technique used for the clinical inspection of human skin lesions. However, the identification of diagnostically relevant morphologies can become a complex task. We report on the development of a polarization multispectral dermoscope for the in vivo imaging of skin lesions. Linearly polarized illumination at three distinct spectral regions (470, 530 and 625 nm), is performed by high luminance LEDs. Processing of the acquired images, by means of spectral and polarization filtering, produces new contrast images, each one specific for melanin absorption, hemoglobin absorption, and single scattering. Analysis of such images could facilitate the identification of pathological morphologies.

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OCIS Codes
(100.2980) Image processing : Image enhancement
(170.1870) Medical optics and biotechnology : Dermatology
(170.6510) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, tissue diagnostics
(110.2945) Imaging systems : Illumination design

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: September 14, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2013
Published: February 20, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Dimitrios Kapsokalyvas, Nicola Bruscino, Domenico Alfieri, Vincenzo de Giorgi, Giovanni Cannarozzo, Riccardo Cicchi, Daniela Massi, Nicola Pimpinelli, and Francesco S. Pavone, "Spectral morphological analysis of skin lesions with a polarization multispectral dermoscope," Opt. Express 21, 4826-4840 (2013)

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