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ISRN Optics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 451208, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/451208
Research Article

Infrared Transmission Characteristics and Laser Tissue Interaction of Albino Pigskin Using Pulsed NIR Laser Light

Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA

Received 22 November 2012; Accepted 16 December 2012

Academic Editors: S. R. Restaino and X. Shu

Copyright © 2013 Hisham Abdussamad Abbas and Gregory E. Triplett. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This work explores near infrared transmission through albino pigskin and determines controllable factors that influence transmission efficiency. Pigskin samples of varying thicknesses were irradiated using a 1440 nm near-infrared laser diode, where a photodetector was used to measure the transmitted power, and a two-dimensional real time surface temperature distribution was recorded using infrared thermography. Results demonstrate that this technique could potentially lead to a noninvasive approach for enhancing wound healing.