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Hemispherical Imaging of Skin With Polarized Light

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Author(s)

J C. Ramella-Roman, Bruno Boulbry, Thomas A. Germer

Abstract

Polarized light imaging has been used in the past for skin-cancer edge detection from skin lesions. In the standard imaging modality, the source, detector, and sample are usually aligned in the same plane, and the effect of the air-skin boundary is minimized using a glass slide with an index matching fluid. In this study, we investigate polarized light imaging of skin surfaces using a novel instrument that enables out-of-plane illumination. Stokes vector images are acquired for any one of sixteen different illumination directions and used to study the effect of skin roughness as well as surface and subsurface scattering. We show that the effect of skin roughness can be minimized or enhanced, depending upon the incident direction and polarization. In the former case, the need for a glass slide with an index matching fluid can be reduced. In the latter, surface topography can be more clearly discerned.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Saratov Fall Meeting| | 2006|
Conference Dates
September 26-29, 2006
Conference Location
Saratov, RU
Conference Title
Saratov Meeting

Keywords

polarimetry, scattering, skin

Citation

Ramella-Roman, J. , Boulbry, B. and Germer, T. (2007), Hemispherical Imaging of Skin With Polarized Light, Proceedings of the Saratov Fall Meeting| | 2006|, Saratov, RU, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=841063 (Accessed June 16, 2024)

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Created January 15, 2007, Updated February 17, 2017