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Light scattering spectroscopy of human skin in vivo

George Zonios and Aikaterini Dimou  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 1256-1267 (2009)

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We present an in vivo study of the reduced scattering coefficient of normal skin and of common melanocytic nevi in Caucasian subjects. The spectral shape of the reduced scattering coefficient is described well by a power-law dependence on the wavelength, in accordance with previous studies of light scattering by biological tissues. We investigate statistical variations in the scattering spectrum slope and also identify an inherent correlation between scattering intensity and scattering spectral slope, observed mainly in normal skin. In addition, we do not find any significant differences between the scattering properties of normal skin and common melanocytic nevi. Finally, we also provide a short review of previously published studies reporting on the light scattering properties of human skin both in vivo and in vitro .

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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: August 5, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 15, 2008
Published: January 21, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

George Zonios and Aikaterini Dimou, "Light scattering spectroscopy of human skin in vivo," Opt. Express 17, 1256-1267 (2009)

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