Abstract

Diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy for measurement of the absorption and scattering coefficients of biological tissue produces reliable results for wavelengths from 650 to 1050 nm. Implicitly, this approach assumes homogeneously distributed absorbers. A correction factor is introduced for inhomogeneous distribution of blood concentrated in discrete cylindrical vessels. This factor extends the applicability of diffusion theory to lower wavelengths. We present measurements of in vivo optical properties in the wavelength range 500–1060 nm.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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