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In vitro spectrophotometric near infrared measurements of skin absorption and dehydration

Qassem, M. & Kyriacou, P. A. (2012). In vitro spectrophotometric near infrared measurements of skin absorption and dehydration. Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society., 2012, pp. 6044-6047. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6347372


The application of Near Infrared Spectroscopy(NIRS) for measuring skin water content has long been established, and has gained w ide interest as a precise, safe, fast and noninvasive technique for determining skin hydration.This paper reports near infrared spectrophotometric measurements using a highly sophisticated spectrophotometer in the region of 1000-2500 nm to study the water uptake and dehydration properties of skin in vitro using samples of porcine skin. Initial results of pure liquid water and skin samples have clearly displayed the prominent bands associated with water content, and desorption tests have been able to verify changes in these bands associated with water content, although a clear correlation between the rates of weight loss and absorbance loss at various hydration periods has not yet been established. These preliminary results are expected to further explain the relationship between water and skin, and its role within, in hope to aid the future development of a portable instrument based on near infrared spectroscopy that would be capable of directly measuring skin hydration and/or water content in a fast and noninvasive manner.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2012 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Publisher Keywords: biomedical equipment, biomedical measurement, desorption, drying, infrared pectra, skin, spectrophotometry, water
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology
School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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