Abstract

The absorption coefficient, scattering coefficient, and effective scattering phase function of human red blood cells (RBCs) in saline solution were determined for eight different hematocrits (Hcts) between 0.84% and 42.1% in the wavelength range of 2501100  nm using integrating sphere measurements and inverse Monte Carlo simulation. To allow for biological variability, averaged optical parameters were determined under flow conditions for ten different human blood samples. Based on this standard blood, empirical model functions are presented for the calculation of Hct-dependent optical properties for the RBCs. Changes in the optical properties when saline solution is replaced by blood plasma as the suspension medium were also investigated.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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