The influence of the optical properties on the determination of capillary diameters

Späth M, Rohde M, Ni D, Knieling F, Stelzle F, Schmidt M, Klämpfl F, Hohmann M (2022)

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2022


Original Authors: Moritz Späth, Maximilian Rohde, Dongqin Ni, Ferdinand Knieling, Florian Stelzle, Michael Schmidt, Florian Klämpfl, Martin Hohmann

Book Volume: 12

Article Number: 270

Issue: 1

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-04359-5


Various clinically applicable scores and indices are available to help identify the state of a microcirculatory disorder in a patient. Several of these methods, however, leave room for interpretation and only provide clues for diagnosis. Thus, a measurement method that allows a reliable detection of impending or manifest circulatory malfunctions would be of great value. In this context, the optical and non-invasive method of shifted position-diffuse reflectance imaging (SP-DRI) was developed. It allows to determine the capillary diameter and thus to assess the state of the microcirculation. The aim of the present study is to investigate how the quantification of capillary diameters by SP-DRI behaves in different individuals, i.e. for a wide range of optical properties. For this, within Monte-Carlo simulations all optical properties (seven skin layers, hemoglobin) were randomly varied following a Gaussian distribution. An important finding from the present investigation is that SP-DRI works when the optical properties are chosen randomly. Furthermore, it is shown that appropriate data analysis allows calibration-free absolute quantification of the capillary diameter across individuals using SP-DRI. This underpins the potential of SP-DRI to serve as an early alert system for the onset of microcirculatory associated diseases.

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Späth, M., Rohde, M., Ni, D., Knieling, F., Stelzle, F., Schmidt, M.,... Hohmann, M. (2022). The influence of the optical properties on the determination of capillary diameters. Scientific Reports, 12.


Späth, Moritz, et al. "The influence of the optical properties on the determination of capillary diameters." Scientific Reports 12 (2022).

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