In vivo optical elastography: Stress and strain imaging of human skin lesions

Shaghayegh Es'Haghian, Peijun Gong, Kelsey Kennedy, Philip Wijesinghe, David Sampson, Robert Mclaughlin, Brendan Kennedy

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© 2015 SPIE. Probing the mechanical properties of skin at high resolution could aid in the assessment of skin pathologies by, for example, detecting the extent of cancerous skin lesions and assessing pathology in burn scars. Here, we present two elastography techniques based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) to probe the local mechanical properties of skin. The first technique, optical palpation, is a high-resolution tactile imaging technique, which uses a complaint silicone layer positioned on the tissue surface to measure spatially-resolved stress imparted by compressive loading. We assess the performance of optical palpation, using a handheld imaging probe on a skin-mimicking phantom, and demonstrate its use on human skin. The second technique is a strain imaging technique, phase-sensitive compression OCE that maps depth-resolved mechanical variations within skin. We show preliminary results of in vivo phase-sensitive compression OCE on a human skin lesion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE: Optical Elastography and Tissue Biomechanics II
Place of PublicationWashington, USA
Pages93270C-1 - 93270C-8
ISBN (Print)9781628414172
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventSPIE BiOS 2015 - San Francsisco, United States
Duration: 7 Feb 201512 Feb 2015


ConferenceSPIE BiOS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francsisco


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