Oxygen saturation-dependent absorption and scattering of blood

Dirk J. Faber, Maurice C.G. Aalders, Egbert G. Mik, Brett A. Hooper, Martin J.C. van Gemert, Ton van Leeuwen

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We report on the scattering properties of oxygenated and deoxygenated whole blood from 250 to 1000 nm. We determine the complex refractive index of oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin using a Kramers-Kronig analysis and optical coherence tomography measurements. Combining these data with Mie theory, the scattering properties are calculated. The strong oxygen saturation dependent scattering effects should be taken into account in the data analysis of optical oxymetry.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)028102-1-028102-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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  • METIS-221095

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