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Hyperspectral characterization of fluorophore diffusion in human skin using a sCMOS based hyperspectral camera
Author(s): J. Hernandez-Palacios; I. J. Haug; Ø. Grimstad; L. L. Randeberg
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Paper Abstract

Hyperspectral fluorescence imaging is a modality combining high spatial and spectral resolution with increased sensitivity for low photon counts. The main objective of the current study was to investigate if this technique is a suitable tool for characterization of diffusion properties in human skin. This was done by imaging fluorescence from Alexa 488 in ex vivo human skin samples using an sCMOS based hyperspectral camera. Pre-treatment with acetone, DMSO and mechanical micro-needling of the stratum corneum created variation in epidermal permeability between the measured samples. Selected samples were also stained using fluorescence labelled biopolymers. The effect of fluorescence enhancers on transdermal diffusion could be documented from the collected data. Acetone was found to have an enhancing effect on the transport, and the results indicate that the biopolymers might have a similar effect, The enhancement from these compounds were not as prominent as the effect of mechanical penetration of the sample using a micro-needling device. Hyperspectral fluorescence imaging has thus been proven to be an interesting tool for characterization of fluorophore diffusion in ex vivo skin samples. Further work will include repetition of the measurements in a shorter time scale and mathematical modeling of the diffusion process to determine the diffusivity in skin for the compounds in question.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8087, Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging II, 808717 (10 June 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.889816
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J. Hernandez-Palacios, Norsk Elektro Optikk AS (Norway)
Univ. of Oslo (Norway)
I. J. Haug, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology (Norway)
Ø. Grimstad, Trondheim Univ. Hospital (Norway)
L. L. Randeberg, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology (Norway)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8087:
Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging II
Nirmala Ramanujam; Jürgen Popp, Editor(s)

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