Handheld versus mounted laser speckle contrast perfusion imaging demonstrated in psoriasis lesions

Ata Chizari*, Mirjam J. Schaap, Tom Knop, Yoeri E. Boink, Marieke M.B. Seyger, Wiendelt Steenbergen

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Enabling handheld perfusion imaging would drastically improve the feasibility of perfusion imaging in clinical practice. Therefore, we examine the performance of handheld laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) measurements compared to mounted measurements, demonstrated in psoriatic skin. A pipeline is introduced to process, analyze and compare data of 11 measurement pairs (mounted-handheld LSCI modes) operated on 5 patients and various skin locations. The on-surface speeds (i.e. speed of light beam movements on the surface) are quantified employing mean separation (MS) segmentation and enhanced correlation coefficient maximization (ECC). The average on-surface speeds are found to be 8.5 times greater in handheld mode compared to mounted mode. Frame alignment sharpens temporally averaged perfusion maps, especially in the handheld case. The results show that after proper post-processing, the handheld measurements are in agreement with the corresponding mounted measurements on a visual basis. The absolute movement-induced difference between mounted-handheld pairs after the background correction is 16.4±9.3% (mean ± std, n= 11), with an absolute median difference of 23.8 %. Realization of handheld LSCI facilitates measurements on a wide range of skin areas bringing more convenience for both patients and medical staff.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16646
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Early online date17 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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