Biophotonic Functional Imaging of Skin Microcirculation

Authored by: Martin J. Leahy , Gert E. Nilsson

Handbook of Photonics for Biomedical Science

Print publication date:  May  2010
Online publication date:  May  2010

Print ISBN: 9781439806289
eBook ISBN: 9781439806296
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Visible and near-infrared light, particularly in the wavelength region 600–1000 nm, offer a window into tissues due to the reduced light scattering and absorption. Consequently many methods for functional imaging of the skin microcirculation utilize lasers and other light sources operating in this wavelength range. This chapter reports on modern biophotonic functional imaging methodologies most likely to succeed in general skin testing as well as routine clinical imaging of the microcirculation.

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