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Analysis of skin recovery from mechanical indentation using diffuse lighting and digital imaging

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dc.contributor.author Clancy, Neil T.
dc.contributor.author Leahy, Martin J.
dc.contributor.author Nilsson, Gert E.
dc.contributor.author Anderson, Chris
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-10T09:51:54Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-10T09:51:54Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Clancy et al. (2007) ‘Analysis of Skin Recovery from Mechanical Indentation using Diffuse Lighting and Digital Imaging’ Proc. of SPIE-OSA Biomedical Optics, 6629, 66291G. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/129
dc.description non-peer-reviewed
dc.description.abstract Skin behaves as a viscoelastic material, having mechanical properties composed of elastic and fluid components. Upon indentation, the fibres are stretched and fluid displaced from the compressed region. The rate of recovery from this imprint is therefore dependent on the hydration and elasticity of the skin. A reliable measurement could be applied to the assessment of clinical conditions such as oedema, rare genetic disorders such as cutis laxa and the evaluation of the 'effective age' of skin in vivo. This paper describes a new approach to the non-invasive indentation technique and a novel method of analysis. A method is proposed that tracks the skin's recovery optically from an initial strain made using a mechanical indentor, diffuse side-lighting and a CCD video-capture device. Using the blue colour plane of the image it is possible to examine the surface topography only, and track the decay of the imprint over time. Two algorithms are discussed for the extraction of information on the skin's displacement and are analysed in terms of reliability and reproducibility. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Society of Photo‑Optical Instrumentation Engineers en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Diffuse Optical Imaging of Tissue;6629/ 66291G
dc.rights Copyright 2007 Society of Photo‑Optical Instrumentation Engineers. en
dc.subject indentation method en
dc.subject viscoelasticity en
dc.subject oedema en
dc.subject skin en
dc.subject image analysis en
dc.subject diffuse lighting en
dc.title Analysis of skin recovery from mechanical indentation using diffuse lighting and digital imaging en
dc.type Conference item en
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.internal.authorcontactother arousian.arshak@ul.ie
dc.internal.authorcontactother khalil.arshak@ul.ie


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