Imaging system for the characterization of skin layers using diffuse reflectance

Abstract : This work presents the development of a low-cost, wearable instrument for quantitative monitoring of skin physiological parameters toward non-invasive diagnostics in vivo. The instrument is based on the spatially resolved Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (srDRS) technique, which provides absolute quantification of absorption and scattering endogenous properties of the probed tissue volume with a potential to discriminate between properties of individual skin layers. In the developed instrument, this potential is maximized by the use of a multi-pixel image sensor to perform contact, high resolution imaging of the diffuse reflectance. This study comprises the specification and validation of a novel srDRS system architecture based on the proposed approach, the implementation of this architecture into a low-cost, wearable device and the evaluation of the device performance both on tissue-simulating phantoms and in vivo. Results validate the potential of the instrument for the non-invasive, quantitative monitoring of tissue properties. The described approach is promising for addressing the analysis of layered tissue suchas skin and paves the way for the development of low-cost, wearable devices for continuous, passive monitoring of tissue optical properties.
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Nils Petitdidier. Imaging system for the characterization of skin layers using diffuse reflectance. Optics / Photonic. Université de Strasbourg, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018STRAD048⟩. ⟨tel-02180958⟩

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