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Out-of-Plane Polarimetric Imaging of Skin: Surface and Subsurface Effects



J C. Ramella-Roman, D Duncan, Thomas A. Germer


True borders of certain skin cancers are hard to detect by the human eye. For this reason, techniques such as polarized light imaging have been used to enhance skin cancer contrast before Mohs surgery procedures. In standard polarized light imaging the effect of the rough surface is minimized using a matched boundary, such as a glass slide and gel. Moreover, the surface glare is eliminated using skewed illumination. In this paper, we study the effect of the surface roughness on the polarized light backscattered from the skin. We demonstrate that rough surface effects can be minimized using out-of-plane polarized illumination in conjunction with polarized viewing.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings| Photonics in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
Conference Dates
January 22-23, 2005
Conference Title
Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers


gold, imaging, medical, polarization, roughness, scattering, skin


Ramella-Roman, J. , Duncan, D. and Germer, T. (2005), Out-of-Plane Polarimetric Imaging of Skin: Surface and Subsurface Effects, Proceedings| Photonics in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, [online], (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created April 4, 2005, Updated February 17, 2017