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  • 1.
    Andreu-Cabedo, Yasmina
    et al.
    University of Central Lancashire, England.
    Castellano, Pedro
    University of Central Lancashire, England.
    Colantonio, Sara
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Coppini, Giuseppe
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Favilla, Riccardo
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Germanese, Danila
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Giannakakis, Giorgos
    Fdn Research and Technology, Greece.
    Giorgi, Daniela
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Marraccini, Paolo
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Martinelli, Massimo
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Matuszewski, Bogdan
    University of Central Lancashire, England.
    Milanic, Matijia
    Norvegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
    Pascali, Mariantonietta
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Pediaditis, Mattew
    Fdn Research and Technology, Greece.
    Raccichini, Giovanni
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Randeberg, Lise
    Norvegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
    Salvetti, Ovidio
    National Research Council Italy, Italy.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL... AN INTELLIGENT MULTISENSORY MIRROR FOR WELL-BEING SELF-ASSESSMENT2015In: 2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MULTIMEDIA and EXPO (ICME), IEEE , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The face reveals the healthy status of an individual, through a combination of physical signs and facial expressions. The project SEMEOTICONS is translating the semeiotic code of the human face into computational descriptors and measures, automatically extracted from videos, images, and 3D scans of the face. SEMEOTICONS is developing a multisensory platform, in the form of a smart mirror, looking for signs related to cardio-metabolic risk. The goal is to enable users to self-monitor their well-being status over time and improve their life-style via tailored user guidance. Building the multisensory mirror requires addressing significant scientific and technological challenges, from touch-less data acquisition, to real-time processing and integration of multimodal data.

  • 2.
    Arildsson, Mikael
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asker, Claes
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Salerud, Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Skin capillary appearance and skin microvascular perfusion due to topical application of analgesia cream2000In: Microvascular Research, ISSN 0026-2862, E-ISSN 1095-9319, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 14-23Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Local topical analgesia changes basal skin perfusion and its regulation. In particular, the response induced by local heating, which in nontreated skin comprises a rapidly increased perfusion followed by a normalization within 30 s, is altered to a delayed and persistent perfusion increase. The response dependency to the analgesia cream application time, that is, the intradermal penetration of the analgesics and in which vascular plexa the response occurs, is not known. The aim of this study was to assess changes in the appearance of superficial skin capillaries and skin microvascular perfusion changes due to different application periods of topical analgesia cream (EMLA). Twelve subjects were treated with EMLA and placebo applied to the volar side of each forearm, respectively. The treatment areas were assigned different application times (20 min, 40 min, 1 h, 2 h, and 3 h). The areas were cleared from the creams and shortly thereafter provoked during 9 s with a probe heated to 45°C. To assess capillary number density and skin perfusion, capillary microscopy, and Laser Doppler perfusion imaging (LDPI), respectively, were used. The number density of physiologically active capillary was significantly decreased with longer application times of EMLA (P < 0.005). The LDPI-signal showed a persistent perfusion increase after provocation associated with increasing application time of the cream. This perfusion pattern was not seen after 20 min of treatment, but was present in 9 of 12 subjects after 3 h of treatment. No significant relationship between changes in the capillary number density and the LDF measurement was found. In conclusion, a longer application time and therefore a higher intradermal concentration and a deeper penetration of the analgesics was associated with a delayed and persistent perfusion increase after local heating. There was a discrepancy between changes in capillary number density and skin perfusion, indicating that the perfusion increase does not occur in the capillaries but in the deeper lying vessels. Hence, the contribution of the capillary perfusion to the LDF-signal is smaller than previously anticipated. Capillary number density and presumably their perfusion were decreased with longer application times.

  • 3.
    Arildsson, Mikael
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nilsson, Gert
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Effects on skin blood flow by provocation during local analgesia2000In: Microvascular Research, ISSN 0026-2862, E-ISSN 1095-9319, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 122-130Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although topical analgesia cream has been used for several years, little is known about its effects on the microcirculation. Previous studies have shown a vasoconstrictive effect after short application times and a vasodilatation after longer application. It has also been shown that vasomotion does not occur in the analgesized skin. The present study was undertaken to investigate the alterations in skin blood perfusion following local cooling, local heating and pin-pricking after the establishment of analgesia. In 11 healthy volunteers, skin analgesia was attained by use of a eutectic mixture of lidocaine and prilocaine (EMLA, Astra Pain Control AB, Sweden) applied to the skin three hours prior to provocation. The changes in skin blood perfusion, after applying three different provocation methods, were studied using the laser Doppler technique. Local cooling and heating to temperatures of +10 and +45°C, respectively, were applied for 9 s by use of a copper probe (Ø12 mm). In the pin-prick provocation method, a combined effect of deflection and penetration of the skin to in total 3 mm was attained. Identical provocation methods were applied to placebo treated and untreated skin areas. After heat provocation, significant differences in the perfusion response between the treatments were seen (P < 0.0001). Skin areas treated with analgesia cream responded with a slow increase in perfusion that persisted beyond the four minute measurement period. Placebo and untreated areas decreased their perfusion over time. After cooling a significant reduction in skin perfusion was seen, irrespective of the treatment. Similarly, after pin-pricking a perfusion increase was seen for all treatments. The findings indicate that topical analgesia influences the myogenic control of the blood flow in those vascular plexa measured by laser Doppler following heat provocation. No differences could be seen in the response to pin-pricking and cooling for the different treatments.

  • 4.
    Arildsson, Mikael
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nilsson, Gert
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Spectral signature and heterodyne efficiency for different wavelengths in laser Doppler flowmetry2002In: Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, ISSN 0140-0118, E-ISSN 1741-0444, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 85-89Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Laser Doppler perfusion monitoring and imaging technologies generate time traces and two-dimensional flow maps of the microcirculation. With the goal of reaching different tissue depths, these technologies are equipped with lassers operating at different wavelengths λ. The fact that the average scattering angle, at a single scattering event, between a photon and a red blood cell increases with λ is compensated for by a 1/λ effect in the scattering vector, rendering the average frequency shift virtually independent of the choice of wavelength. Monte Carlo simulations showed that the corresponding spectral signature of the Doppler signals for λ=632.8nm and 780nm were close to identical. The theoretical predictions were verified by calculating the centre-of-gravity (COG) frequency of the laser Doppler power spectral density for the two wavelengths from forearm and finger skin, representing a low and high perfusion area, respectively (forearm COG=123 against 121Hz, finger COG=220 against 212 Hz). When the wavelength changes from 632.8nm to 780nm, the heterodyne efficiency of the detector and, thereby, the inherent system amplifcation increase. For tissues with identical microvascular flow conditions, the output signal therfore tends to increase in magnitude when shifting to longer wavelengths.

  • 5.
    Arildsson, Mikael
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Perfusion responses after local provocation of EMLA analgesized skin1999In: Congress of the International Society for Skin Imaging,1999, 1999Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Asker, Claes
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Arildsson, Mikael
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Salerud, Göran
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Compartmental skin perfusion resposes affected by analgesia1999In: Congress of the International Society for Skin Imaging,1999, 1999Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Bergstrand, Sara
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Morales, Maria-Aurora
    CNR Inst Clin Physiol, Italy.
    Coppini, Giuseppe
    CNR Inst Clin Physiol, Italy.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    The relationship between forearm skin speed-resolved perfusion and oxygen saturation, and finger arterial pulsation amplitudes, as indirect measures of endothelial function2018In: Microcirculation, ISSN 1073-9688, E-ISSN 1549-8719, Vol. 25, no 2, article id e12422Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: Endothelial function is important for regulating peripheral blood flow to meet varying metabolic demands and can be measured indirectly during vascular provocations. In this study, we compared the PAT finger response (EndoPAT) after a 5-minutes arterial occlusion to that from forearm skin comprehensive microcirculation analysis (EPOS). Methods: Measurements in 16 subjects with varying cardiovascular risk factors were carried out concurrently with both methods during arterial occlusion, while forearm skin was also evaluated during local heating. Results: Peak values for EPOS skin Perf(conv) and speed-resolved total perfusion after the release of the occlusion were significantly correlated to the EndoPAT RHI (rho =.68, P = .007 and rho =.60, P = .025, respectively), mainly due to high-speed blood flow. During local heating, EPOS skin oxygen saturation, SO2, was significantly correlated to RHI (rho = .62, P =.043). This indicates that SO2 may have diagnostic value regarding endothelial function. Conclusions: We have demonstrated for the first time a significant relationship between forearm skin microcirculatory perfusion and oxygen saturation and finger PAT. Both local heating and reactive hyperemia are useful skin provocations. Further studies are needed to understand the precise regulation mechanisms of blood flow and oxygenation during these tests.

  • 8.
    Briers, David
    et al.
    University of Kingston, England .
    Duncan, Donald D.
    Portland State University, OR USA .
    Hirst, Evan
    Callaghan Innovat, New Zealand .
    Kirkpatrick, Sean J.
    Michigan Technology University, MI USA .
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Steenbergen, Wiendelt
    University of Twente, Netherlands .
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Thompson, Oliver B.
    Callaghan Innovat, New Zealand .
    Laser speckle contrast imaging: theoretical and practical limitations2013In: Journal of Biomedical Optics, ISSN 1083-3668, E-ISSN 1560-2281, Vol. 18, no 6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    When laser light illuminates a diffuse object, it produces a random interference effect known as a speckle pattern. If there is movement in the object, the speckles fluctuate in intensity. These fluctuations can provide information about the movement. A simple way of accessing this information is to image the speckle pattern with an exposure time longer than the shortest speckle fluctuation time scale-the fluctuations cause a blurring of the speckle, leading to a reduction in the local speckle contrast. Thus, velocity distributions are coded as speckle contrast variations. The same information can be obtained by using the Doppler effect, but producing a two-dimensional Doppler map requires either scanning of the laser beam or imaging with a high-speed camera: laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) avoids the need to scan and can be performed with a normal CCD- or CMOS-camera. LSCI is used primarily to map flow systems, especially blood flow. The development of LSCI is reviewed and its limitations and problems are investigated. (C) The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Distribution or reproduction of this work in whole or in part requires full attribution of the original publication, including its DOI.

  • 9.
    Colantonio, Sara
    et al.
    CNR, Italy.
    Germanese, Danila
    CNR, Italy.
    Moroni, Davide
    CNR, Italy.
    Giorgi, Daniela
    CNR, Italy.
    Pascali, Mariantonietta
    CNR, Italy.
    Righi, Marco
    CNR, Italy.
    Coppini, Giuseppe
    CNR, Italy.
    Aurora Morales, Maria
    CNR, Italy.
    Chiarugi, Franco
    FORTH, Greece.
    Pediaditis, Mattew
    FORTH, Greece.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Henriquez, Pedro
    University of Central Lancashire, England.
    Matuszewski, Bogdan
    University of Central Lancashire, England.
    Milanic, Matijia
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
    Randeberg, Lise
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
    SEMEOTICONS - READING THE FACE CODE OF CARDIO-METABOLIC RISK2015In: 2015 INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR MULTIMEDIA UNDERSTANDING (IWCIM), IEEE , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    What if you could discover your health status by looking at yourself in the mirror? Since November 2013, the EU FP7 Project SEMEOTICONS is working to make this possible. The Project is building a multi-sensory device, having the form of a conventional mirror, able to read the semeiotic code of the face and detect possible evidence of the onset of cardio-metabolic diseases. The device, called Wize Mirror, integrates unobtrusive imaging sensors used to capture videos, images and 3D scans of the face. These are processed to assess the risk of a cardio-metabolic disease and thereby suggest possible strategies to prevent its onset.

  • 10.
    Danielis, Alessandro
    et al.
    CNR, Italy.
    Giorgi, Daniela
    CNR, Italy.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Colantonio, Sara
    CNR, Italy.
    Salvetti, Ovidio
    CNR, Italy.
    Lip segmentation based on Lambertian shadings and morphological operators for hyper-spectral images2017In: Pattern Recognition, ISSN 0031-3203, E-ISSN 1873-5142, Vol. 63, p. 355-370Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lip segmentation is a non-trivial task because the colour difference between the lip and the skin regions maybe not so noticeable sometimes. We propose an automatic lip segmentation technique for hyper-spectral images from an imaging prototype with medical applications. Contrarily to many other existing lip segmentation methods, we do not use colour space transformations to localise the lip area. As input image, we use for the first time a parametric blood concentration map computed by using narrow spectral bands. Our method mainly consists of three phases: (i) for each subject generate a subset of face images enhanced by different simulated Lambertian illuminations, then (ii) perform lip segmentation on each enhanced image by using constrained morphological operations, and finally (iii) extract features from Fourier-based modeled lip boundaries for selecting the lip candidate. Experiments for testing our approach are performed under controlled conditions on volunteers and on a public hyper-spectral dataset. Results show the effectiveness of the algorithm against low spectral range, moustache, and noise.

  • 11.
    Ewerlöf, Maria
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Salerud, E. Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Estimating skin blood saturation by selecting a subset of hyperspectral imaging data2015In: Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues XIII / [ed] Daniel L. Farkas; Dan V. Nicolau; Robert C. Leif, SPIE, 2015, Vol. 9328Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Skin blood haemoglobin saturation (𝑠b) can be estimated with hyperspectral imaging using the wavelength (λ) range of 450-700 nm where haemoglobin absorption displays distinct spectral characteristics. Depending on the image size and photon transport algorithm, computations may be demanding. Therefore, this work aims to evaluate subsets with a reduced number of wavelengths for 𝑠b estimation. White Monte Carlo simulations are performed using a two-layered tissue model with discrete values for epidermal thickness (𝑇epi) and the reduced scattering coefficient (μ's ), mimicking an imaging setup. A detected intensity look-up table is calculated for a range of model parameter values relevant to human skin, adding absorption effects in the post-processing. Skin model parameters, including absorbers, are; μ's (λ), 𝑇epi, haemoglobin saturation (𝑠b), tissue fraction blood (𝑐b) and tissue fraction melanin (𝑐mel). The skin model paired with the look-up table allow spectra to be calculated swiftly. Three inverse models with varying number of free parameters are evaluated: A(𝑠b, 𝑐b), B(𝑠b, 𝑐b, 𝑐mel) and C(all parameters free). Fourteen wavelength candidates are selected by analysing the maximal spectral sensitivity to 𝑠b and minimizing the sensitivity to 𝑐b. All possible combinations of these candidates with three, four and 14 wavelengths, as well as the full spectral range, are evaluated for estimating 𝑠b for 1000 randomly generated evaluation spectra. The results show that the simplified models A and B estimated 𝑠b accurately using four wavelengths (mean error 2.2% for model B). If the number of wavelengths increased, the model complexity needed to be increased to avoid poor estimations.

  • 12.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Perimed AB, Järfälla, Sweden.
    Burdakov, Oleg
    Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Optimization . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Inverse Monte Carlo in a multilayered tissue model: merging diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and laser Doppler flowmetry2013In: Journal of Biomedical Optics, ISSN 1083-3668, E-ISSN 1560-2281, Vol. 18, no 12, p. 127004-1-127004-14Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The tissue fraction of red blood cells (RBCs) and their oxygenation and speed-resolved perfusion areestimated in absolute units by combining diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and laser Doppler flowmetry(LDF). The DRS spectra (450 to 850 nm) are assessed at two source–detector separations (0.4 and 1.2 mm), allowingfor a relative calibration routine, whereas LDF spectra are assessed at 1.2mmin the same fiber-optic probe. Data areanalyzed using nonlinear optimization in an inverse Monte Carlo technique by applying an adaptive multilayeredtissue model based on geometrical, scattering, and absorbing properties, as well as RBC flow-speed information.Simulations of 250 tissue-like models including up to 2000 individual blood vessels were used to evaluatethe method. The absolute root mean square (RMS) deviation between estimated and true oxygenation was 4.1percentage units, whereas the relative RMS deviations for the RBC tissue fraction and perfusion were 19% and23%, respectively. Examples of in vivo measurements on forearm and foot during common provocations arepresented. The method offers several advantages such as simultaneous quantification of RBC tissue fractionand oxygenation and perfusion from the same, predictable, sampling volume. The perfusion estimate is speedresolved, absolute (% RBC × mm∕s), and more accurate due to the combination with DRS.

  • 13.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nyström, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Internal Medicine . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Medicine, Department of Endocrinology and Gastroenterology UHL.
    Länne, Toste
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Physiology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Johan Östgren, Carl
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, General Practice. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Finspång, Primary Health Care Centre.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Reduced Arteriovenous Shunting Capacity After Local Heating and Redistribution of Baseline Skin Blood Flow in Type 2 Diabetes Assessed With Velocity-Resolved Quantitative Laser Doppler Flowmetry2010In: Diabetes, ISSN 0012-1797, E-ISSN 1939-327X, Vol. 59, no 7, p. 1578-1584Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE-To compare the microcirculatory velocity distribution in type 2 diabetic patients and nondiabetic control subjects at baseline and after local heating. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS-The skin blood flow response to local heating (44 degrees C for 20 mm) was assessed in 28 diabetic patients and 29 control subjects using a new velocity-resolved quantitative laser Doppler flowmetry technique (qLDF). The qLDF estimates erythrocyte (RBC) perfusion (velocity X concentration), in a physiologically relevant unit (grams RBC per 100 g tissue X millimeters per second) in a fixed output volume, separated into three velocity regions: v less than1 mm/s, v 1-10 mm/s, and v greater than10 mm/s. RESULTS-The increased blood flow occurs in vessels with a velocity greater than1 mm/s. A significantly lower response in qLDF total perfusion was found in diabetic patients than in control subjects after heat provocation because of less high-velocity blood flow (v greater than10 mm/s). The RBC concentration in diabetic patients increased sevenfold for v between 1 and 10 mm/s, and 15-fold for v greater than10 mm/s, whereas no significant increase was found for v less than1 mm/s. The mean velocity increased from 0.94 to 7.3 mm/s in diabetic patients and from 0.83 to 9.7 mm/s in control subjects. CONCLUSIONS-The perfusion increase occurs in larger shunting vessels and not as an increase in capillary flow. Baseline diabetic patient data indicated a redistribution of flow to higher velocity regions, associated with longer duration of diabetes. A lower perfusion was associated with a higher BMI and a lower toe-to-brachial systolic blood pressure ratio.

  • 14.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Nyström, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Cardiology .
    Länne, Toste
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Cardiology .
    Östgren, Carl Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, General Practice. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in the West of Östergötland, West County Primary Health Care.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Microcirculatory changes in type 2 diabetes assessed with velocity resolved quantitative laser Doppler flowmetryManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The response to local heating (44oC for 20 min) was evaluated in 28 type 2 diabetes patients (DM) and 29 non-diabetes controls (ND). Microcirculatory perfusion was assessed using conventional and quantitative Laser Doppler flowmetry (cLDF and qLDF), respectively. The qLDF estimates perfusion in a physiological relevant unit (g RBC / 100 g tissue × mm/s) in a fixed output volume, separated into three velocity regions, v < 1 mm/s, 1 - 10 mm/s, and v > 10 mm/s. Perfusion in cLDF is given in arbitrary units with unknown velocity distribution and measurement volume.

    A significantly lower response in DM than in ND was found after heat provocation both for the initial peak and the plateau response, while no significant differences were found at baseline. The qLDF showed increased perfusion for the velocity regions 1-10 mm/s and above 10 mm/s, while no significant increase was found for v < 1 mm/s. In conclusion, we found a lowered LDF response to local heating in DM. The new qLDF method showed that the increased blood flow occurs in vessels with a velocity above 1 mm/s. Baseline qLDF-data indicated that a redistribution of flow to higher velocity regions was associated with longer DM duration and for DM a negative correlation between perfusion and BMI.

  • 15.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Salomonsson, Fredrik
    Perimed AB, Järfälla-Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Improved calibration procedure for laser Doppler perfusion monitors2011In: Optical Diagnostics and SensingXI: Toward Point-of-CareDiagnostics; and Design andPerformance Validation ofPhantoms Used in Conjunctionwith Optical Measurement ofTissue III / [ed] Robert J. Nordstrom; Gerard L. Coté, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2011, p. 790602-1-790602-7Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Commercial laser Doppler perfusion monitors are calibrated using the perfusion value, i.e. the first order moment of the Doppler power spectrum, from a measurement in a standardized microsphere colloidal suspension under Brownian motion. The calibration perfusion value depends on several parameters of the suspension that are difficult to keep constant with adequate accuracy, such as the concentration, temperature and the microsphere size distribution. The calibration procedure itself may therefore introduce significant errors in the measured values.

    An altered calibration procedure, where the zero order moment is used is described and demonstrated in this paper. Since the above mentioned parameters only affect the frequency content of the Doppler power spectrum and not the total power, the zero order moment will be independent of those parameters. It is shown that the variation in the calibration value, as given by measurements on different scattering liquids with a wide range of scattering properties and temperatures, is only a few percent using the proposed method. For the conventional calibration procedure, this variation corresponds to an error introduced by merely a 1°C variation in the reference liquid temperature. The proposed calibration method also enables absolute level comparisons between measured and simulated Doppler power spectra.

  • 16.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Absolute blood flow velocity components in Laser Doppler flowmetry2005In: International Graduate Summer School Biophotonics05,2005, 2005Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Absolute flow velocity components in laser Doppler flowmetry2006In: Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, ISSN 0277-786X, E-ISSN 1996-756X, Vol. 6094, p. 60940A-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A method to separate a Doppler power spectrum into a number of flow velocity components, measured in absolute units (mm/s), is presented. A Monte Carlo software was developed to track each individual Doppler shift, to determine the probability, p(n), for a photon to undergo n Doppler shifts. Given this shift distribution, a mathematical relationship was developed and used to calculate a Doppler power spectrum originating from a certain combination of velocity components. The non linear Levenberg-Marquardt optimization method could thus be used to fit the calculated and measured Doppler power spectra, giving the true set of velocity components in the measured sample. The method was evaluated using a multi tube flow phantom perfused with either polystyrene microspheres or undiluted/diluted human blood (hct = 0.45). It estimated the velocity components in the flow phantom well, during both low and high concentrations of moving scatterers (microspheres or blood). Thus, further development of the method could prove to be a valuable clinical tool to differentiate capillary blood flow.

  • 18.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Accuracy of vessel diameter estimated from a vessel packaging compensation in diffuse reflectance spectroscopy2011In: Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging II / [ed] Nirmala Ramanujam, Jurgen Popp, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2011, Vol. 8087, p. 8087 1M-1-8087 1M-8Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

     Light absorption in tissue is generally decreased when chromophores are spatially concentrated rather than being homogeneously distributed. In tissue, this applies to hemoglobin located in blood vessels (vessel packaging). In this paper, the diffusely reflected light from 41 tissue models with discrete blood vessels with diameters ranging from 6.25 to 100 μm were simulated using the Monte Carlo technique. A reverse engineering approach was then utilized to find the model that had an optimal spectral fit to each of the simulated models. The average vessel diameter was one fitting parameter in the adaptive model. The estimated vessel diameter from the optimal fit model was compared to the known diameter from the simulated models. Two different methods to calculate the vessel packaging effect were used, one existing based on a simple analytic expression and a new method based on path length distributions. Both methods had similar performance. For the new method, the absolute RMS deviation of the estimated vessel diameter was 5.5 μm for vessel diameters ≤ 25 μm, and the relative RMS deviation was 21 % for vessel diameters > 25 μm.

     

  • 19.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Forced detection Monte Carlo algorithms for accelerated blood vessel image simulations2009In: JOURNAL OF BIOPHOTONICS, ISSN 1864-063X, Vol. 2, no 3, p. 178-184Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Two forced detection (FD) variance reduction Monte Carlo algorithms for image simulations of tissue-embedded objects with matched refractive index are presented. The principle of the algorithms is to force a fraction of the photon weight to the detector at each and every scattering event. The fractional weight is given by the probability for the photon to reach the detector without further interactions. Two imaging setups are applied to a tissue model including blood vessels, where the ID algorithms produce identical results as traditional brute force simulations, while being accelerated with two orders of magnitude. Extending the methods to include refraction mismatches is discussed.

    The principle of forced detection; a part of the photon weight. based on the probability of reaching the detector without further interactions, is forced to the detector at each and every scattering event.

  • 20.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Hastighetsupplöst blodflödesmätning med Laserdopplertekniken2005In: Medicinteknikdagar MTF,2005, 2005Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Inverse Monte Carlo method in a multilayered tissue model for diffuse reflectance spectroscopy2012In: Journal of Biomedical Optics, ISSN 1083-3668, E-ISSN 1560-2281, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 047004-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Model based data analysis of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy data enables the estimation of optical and structural tissue parameters. The aim of this study was to present an inverse Monte Carlo method based on spectra from two source-detector distances (0.4 and 1.2 mm), using a multilayered tissue model. The tissue model variables include geometrical properties, light scattering properties, tissue chromophores such as melanin and hemoglobin, oxygen saturation and average vessel diameter. The method utilizes a small set of presimulated Monte Carlo data for combinations of different levels of epidermal thickness and tissue scattering. The path length distributions in the different layers are stored and the effect of the other parameters is added in the post-processing. The accuracy of the method was evaluated using Monte Carlo simulations of tissue-like models containing discrete blood vessels, evaluating blood tissue fraction and oxygenation. It was also compared to a homogeneous model. The multilayer model performed better than the homogeneous model and all tissue parameters significantly improved spectral fitting. Recorded in vivo spectra were fitted well at both distances, which we previously found was not possible with a homogeneous model. No absolute intensity calibration is needed and the algorithm is fast enough for real-time processing.

  • 22.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Laser Doppler flowmetry2012In: Microcirculation imaging / [ed] Martin J. Leahy, Weinheim: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, , p. 411p. 67-84Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Adopting a multidisciplinary approach with input from physicists, researchers and medical professionals, this is the first book to introduce many different technical approaches for the visualization of microcirculation, including laser Doppler and laser speckle, optical coherence tomography and photo-acoustic tomography. It covers everything from basic research to medical applications, providing the technical details while also outlining the respective strengths and weaknesses of each imaging technique. Edited by an international team of top experts, this is the ultimate handbook for every clinician and researcher relying on microcirculation imaging.

  • 23.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Measurement depth and volume in laser Doppler flowmetry2009In: Microvascular Research, ISSN 0026-2862, E-ISSN 1095-9319, Vol. 78, no 1, p. 4-13Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A new method for estimating the measurement depth and volume in laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) is presented. The method is based on Monte Carlo simulations of light propagation in tissue. The contribution from each individual Doppler shift is calculated and thereby multiple Doppler shifts are handled correctly. Different LDF setups for both probe based (0.0, 0.25, 0.5, and 1.2 mm source-detector separation) and imaging systems (0.5 and 2.0 mm beam diameter) are considered, at the wavelengths 543 nm, 633 nm, and 780 nm. Non-linear speckle pattern effects are accounted for in the imaging system setups. The effects of tissue optical properties, blood concentration, and blood oxygen saturation are evaluated using both homogeneous tissue models and a layered skin model. The results show that the effect on the measurement depth of changing tissue properties is comparable to the effect of changing the system setup, e.g. source-detector separation and wavelength. Skin pigmentation was found to have a negligible effect on the measurement depth. Examples of measurement depths are (values are given for a probe based system with 0.25 mm source-detector separation and an imaging system with a 0.5 mm beam diameter, respectively, both operating at 780 nm): muscle - 0.55/0.79 mm; liver - 0.40/0.53 mm; gray matter - 0.48/0.68 mm; white matter - 0.20/0.20 mm; index finger pulp - 0.41/0.53 mm; forearm skin - 0.53/0.56 mm; heat provoked forearm skin - 0.66/0.67 mm.

  • 24.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Model-Based Quantification of Skin Microcirculatory Perfusion2014In: Computational Biophysics of the Skin / [ed] Bernard Querleux, Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing, 2014, 1, p. 395-420Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Model-based quantitative laser Doppler flowmetry in skin2010In: Journal of Biomedical Optics, ISSN 1083-3668, E-ISSN 1560-2281, Vol. 15, no 5Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Laser Doppler Flowmetry (LDF) can be used for assessing the microcirculatory perfusion. However, conventional LDF (cLDF) gives only a relative perfusion estimate in an unknown measurement volume. To overcome these limitations a model-based analysis method for quantitative LDF (qLDF) is proposed. The method uses an inverse Monte Carlo technique with an adaptive three layer skin model. By analyzing the optimal model where measured and simulated LDF spectra using two different source-detector separations match, the absolute microcirculatory perfusion for a specified velocity region in a predefined volume is determined. The robustness of the qLDF method and how much it is affected by physiologically relevant variations in optical properties were evaluated using additional Monte Carlo simulations. When comparing qLDF to cLDF, a much smaller deviation from the true perfusion was attained. For physiologically relevant variations in the optical properties of static tissue and blood absorption, qLDF displayed errors <12%. Variations in the scattering properties of blood displayed larger errors (<58%). Evaluations on inhomogeneous models containing small blood vessels, hair and sweat glands displayed errors <5%. For extremely inhomogeneous models containing larger blood vessels, the error increased substantially, but this was detected by analyzing the qLDF model residual. The qLDF algorithm was applied to an in vivo local heat provocation. The perfusion increase was higher with qLDF than cLDF, due to non-linear effects in the latter. The qLDF showed that the perfusion increase was due to an increased amount of blood cells with a velocity > 1 mm/s.

  • 26.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Optical microcirculatory skin model: Assessed by Monte Carlo simulations paired with in vivo laser Doppler flowmetry2008In: Journal of Biomedical Optics, ISSN 1083-3668, E-ISSN 1560-2281, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 14015-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An optical microvascular skin model, valid at 780 nm, was developed. The model consisted of six layers with individual optical properties, and variable thicknesses and blood concentrations at three different blood flow velocities. Monte Carlo simulations were used to evaluate the impact of various model parameters on the traditional Laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) measures. A set of reference Doppler power spectra was generated by simulating 7,000 configurations, varying the thickness and blood concentrations. Simulated spectra, at two different source detector separations, were compared with in vivo recorded spectra, using a non-linear search algorithm for minimizing the deviation between simulated and measured spectra. The model was validated by inspecting the thickness and blood concentrations which generated the best fit. These four parameters followed a priori expectations for the measurement situations, and the simulated spectra agreed well with the measured spectra for both detector separations. Average estimated dermal blood concentration was 0.08% at rest and 0.63% during heat provocation (44°C) on the volar side of the forearm, and 1.2% at rest on the finger pulp. The model is crucial for developing a technique for velocity-resolved absolute LDF measurements with known sampling volume, and can also be useful for other bio-optical modalities.

  • 27.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Separation av shuntat och kapillärt mikrocirkulatoriskt blodflöde med laser Doppler-tekniken2006In: Medicinteknikdagarna,2006, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Perimed AB, Sweden.
    Saager, Rolf B.
    University of Calif Irvine, CA USA; University of Calif Irvine, CA USA.
    Durkin, Anthony J.
    University of Calif Irvine, CA USA.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. University of Calif Irvine, CA USA; University of Calif Irvine, CA USA.
    Evaluation of a multi-layer diffuse reflectance spectroscopy system using optical phantoms2017In: DESIGN AND QUALITY FOR BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES X, SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING , 2017, Vol. 10056, article id UNSP 100560GConference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A fiber probe-based device for assessing microcirculatory parameters, especially red blood cell (RBC) tissue fraction, their oxygen saturation and speed resolved perfusion, has been evaluated using state-of-the-art multi-layer tissue simulating phantoms. The device comprises both diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) at two source-detector separations (0.4 and 1.2 mm) and laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) and use an inverse Monte Carlo method for identifying the parameters of a multi-layered tissue model. First, model parameters affecting scattering, absorption and geometrical parameters are fitted to measured DRS spectra, then speed parameters are fitted to LDF spectra. In this paper, the accuracy of the spectral parameters is evaluated. The measured spectral shapes at the two source-detector separations were in good agreement with forward calculated spectral shapes. In conclusion, the multi-layer skin model based on spectral features of the included chromophores, can reliably estimate the tissue fraction of RBC, its oxygen saturation and the reduced scattering coefficient spectrum of the tissue. Furthermore, it was concluded that some freedom in the relative intensity difference between the two DRS channels is necessary in order to compensate for non-modeled surface structure effects.

  • 29.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Perimed AB, Sweden.
    Saager, Rolf B.
    University of Calif Irvine, CA 92715 USA.
    Durkin, Anthony J.
    University of Calif Irvine, CA USA.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. University of Calif Irvine, CA 92715 USA.
    Evaluation of a pointwise microcirculation assessment method using liquid and multilayered tissue simulating phantoms2017In: Journal of Biomedical Optics, ISSN 1083-3668, E-ISSN 1560-2281, Vol. 22, no 11, article id 115004Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A fiber-optic probe-based instrument, designed for assessment of parameters related to microcirculation, red blood cell tissue fraction (f(RBC)), oxygen saturation (S-O2), and speed resolved perfusion, has been evaluated using state-of-the-art tissue phantoms. The probe integrates diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) at two source-detector separations and laser Doppler flowmetry, using an inverse Monte Carlo method for identifying the parameters of a multilayered tissue model. Here, we characterize the accuracy of the DRS aspect of the instrument using (1) liquid blood phantoms containing yeast and (2) epidermis-dermis mimicking solid-layered phantoms fabricated from polydimethylsiloxane, titanium oxide, hemoglobin, and coffee. The rootmean-square (RMS) deviations for f(RBC) for the two liquid phantoms were 11% and 5.3%, respectively, and 11% for the solid phantoms with highest hemoglobin signatures. The RMS deviation for SO2 was 5.2% and 2.9%, respectively, for the liquid phantoms, and 2.9% for the solid phantoms. RMS deviation for the reduced scattering coefficient (mus), for the solid phantoms was 15% (475 to 850 nm). For the liquid phantoms, the RMS deviation in average vessel diameter (D) was 1 mu m. In conclusion, the skin microcirculation parameters fRBC and SO2, as well as, mu(s) and D are estimated with reasonable accuracy. (C) The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

  • 30.
    Henriquez, Pedro
    et al.
    University of Central Lancashire, England.
    Matuszewski, Bogdan J.
    University of Central Lancashire, England.
    Andreu-Cabedo, Yasmina
    University of Central Lancashire, England.
    Bastiani, Luca
    CNR, Italy.
    Colantonio, Sara
    CNR, Italy.
    Coppini, Giuseppe
    CNR, Italy.
    DAcunto, Mario
    CNR, Italy.
    Favilla, Riccardo
    CNR, Italy.
    Germanese, Danila
    CNR, Italy.
    Giorgi, Daniela
    CNR, Italy.
    Marraccini, Paolo
    CNR, Italy.
    Martinelli, Massimo
    CNR, Italy.
    Morales, Maria-Aurora
    CNR, Italy.
    Antonietta Pascali, Maria
    CNR, Italy.
    Righi, Marco
    CNR, Italy.
    Salvetti, Ovidio
    CNR, Italy.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Randeberg, Lise
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
    Bjorgan, Asgeir
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
    Giannakakis, Giorgos
    Fdn Research and Technology Hellas, Greece.
    Pediaditis, Matthew
    Fdn Research and Technology Hellas, Greece.
    Chiarugi, Franco
    Fdn Research and Technology Hellas, Greece.
    Christinaki, Eirini
    Fdn Research and Technology Hellas, Greece.
    Marias, Kostas
    Fdn Research and Technology Hellas, Greece.
    Tsiknakis, Manolis
    Fdn Research and Technology Hellas, Greece; Technology Educ Institute Crete, Greece.
    Mirror Mirror on the Wall ... An Unobtrusive Intelligent Multisensory Mirror for Well-Being Status Self-Assessment and Visualization2017In: IEEE transactions on multimedia, ISSN 1520-9210, E-ISSN 1941-0077, Vol. 19, no 7, p. 1467-1481Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A persons well-being status is reflected by their face through a combination of facial expressions and physical signs. The SEMEOTICONS project translates the semeiotic code of the human face into measurements and computational descriptors that are automatically extracted from images, videos, and three-dimensional scans of the face. SEMEOTICONS developed a multisensory platform in the form of a smart mirror to identify signs related to cardio-metabolic risk. The aim was to enable users to self-monitor their well-being status over time and guide them to improve their lifestyle. Significant scientific and technological challenges have been addressed to build the multisensory mirror, from touchless data acquisition, to real-time processing and integration of multimodal data.

  • 31.
    Hultman, Martin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Perimed AB, Järfälla-Stockholm, Sweden.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Alvandpour, Atila
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Integrated Circuits and Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A 15.6 frames per second 1 megapixel Multiple Exposure Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging setup2018In: Journal of Biophotonics, ISSN 1864-063X, E-ISSN 1864-0648, Vol. 11, no 2, article id e201700069Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A multiple exposure laser speckle contrast imaging (MELSCI) setup for visualizing blood perfusion was developed using a field programmable gate array (FPGA), connected to a 1000 frames per second (fps) 1-megapixel camera sensor. Multiple exposure time images at 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 milliseconds were calculated by cumulative summation of 64 consecutive snapshot images. The local contrast was calculated for all exposure times using regions of 4 × 4 pixels. Averaging of multiple contrast images from the 64-millisecond acquisition was done to improve the signal-to-noise ratio. The results show that with an effective implementation of the algorithm on an FPGA, contrast images at all exposure times can be calculated in only 28 milliseconds. The algorithm was applied to data recorded during a 5 minutes finger occlusion. Expected contrast changes were found during occlusion and the following hyperemia in the occluded finger, while unprovoked fingers showed constant contrast during the experiment. The developed setup is capable of massive data processing on an FPGA that enables processing of MELSCI data in 15.6 fps (1000/64 milliseconds). It also leads to improved frame rates, enhanced image quality and enables the calculation of improved microcirculatory perfusion estimates compared to single exposure time systems.

  • 32.
    Hultman, Martin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Perimed AB, Järfälla-Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Evaluation of a high framerate multi-exposure laser speckle contrast imaging setup2018In: High-Speed Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy III: Toward Big Data Instrumentation and Management / [ed] Kevin K. Tsia, Keisuke Goda, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a first evaluation of a new multi-exposure laser speckle contrast imaging (MELSCI) system for assessing spatial variations in the microcirculatory perfusion. The MELSCI system is based on a 1000 frames per second 1-megapixel camera connected to a field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) capable of producing MELSCI data in realtime. The imaging system is evaluated against a single point laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) system during occlusionrelease provocations of the arm in five subjects. Perfusion is calculated from MELSCI data using current state-of-the-art inverse models. The analysis displayed a good agreement between measured and modeled data, with an average error below 6%. This strongly indicates that the applied model is capable of accurately describing the MELSCI data and that the acquired data is of high quality. Comparing readings from the occlusion-release provocation showed that the MELSCI perfusion was significantly correlated (R=0.83) to the single point LDF perfusion, clearly outperforming perfusion estimations based on a single exposure time. We conclude that the MELSCI system provides blood flow images of enhanced quality, taking us one step closer to a system that accurately can monitor dynamic changes in skin perfusion over a large area in real-time

  • 33. Humeau, A
    et al.
    Nilsson, Henrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, PELAB - Programming Environment Laboratory.
    Steenbergen, W
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Laser Doppler perfusion monitoring and imaging: Novel approaches2007In: Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, ISSN 0140-0118, E-ISSN 1741-0444, Vol. 45, no 5, p. 421-435Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) is a non invasive method enabling the monitoring of microvascular blood flow, a very important marker of tissue health. This article gives an overview on the concept of LDF for microvascular perfusion monitoring and imaging. It first describes the theoretical background of the technique. Then, the benefits of LDF signal processing are shown through clinical examples: use of time-frequency representations and wavelets. Afterwards, the paper introduces novel approaches of velocity components. For that purpose, a work providing the determination of the velocities relative contribution in physiologically relevant units (mm/s) is presented. Imaging perfusion is also reviewed through methods based on laser speckle. The most prominent disadvantage of the latter devices being the time needed to produce a perfusion image, solutions are proposed in the last part of the paper. © International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering 2007.

  • 34.
    Häggblad, Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Arildsson, Mikael
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Salerud, Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Reflection Spectroscopy of Analgesized Skin2001In: Microvascular Research, ISSN 0026-2862, E-ISSN 1095-9319, Vol. 62, no 3, p. 392-400 Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Analgesized skin, when subjected to heat stimuli, responds by increasing skin perfusion. This response does not originate from increased perfusion in superficial capillaries, but rather in the deeper lying vessels. The aim of this study was to assess changes in blood chromophore content, measured by reflection spectroscopy, in relation to the perfusion increase, especially regarding the chromophores oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin. Eleven normal subjects were treated with analgesic cream (EMLA) and placebo for 20, 40, 60, 120, and 180 min. Individual reactions to local heating were classified as responses if the change in reflection data or the change in perfusion, as measured by laser Doppler blood flowmetry, exceeded 2 standard deviations of normal variation. The increase in blood perfusion or in blood content gave rise to an increased absorption, interpreted as an increase due mainly to the chromophore oxyhemoglobin. The number of responses increased with increased treatment time for EMLA-treated areas. In general, there was a good agreement between both methods; 44 of 55 classifications coincided for the two methods used. In conclusion, analgesized forearm skin, which had been exposed to local heating, responded with an elevated perfusion consisting of oxygenated blood. This strengthens the hypothesis that the flow increase occurs through dilatation of larger deeper lying skin vessels and not in the capillaries.

  • 35.
    Häggblad, Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Arildsson, Mikael
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Salerud, Göran
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Reflektionsspektroskopi på EML-behandlad och värmeprovocerad hud2000In: Svenska läkarsällskapets Riksstämma,2000, 2000, p. 250-250Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Häggblad, Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Arildsson, Mikael
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Reflectance spectroscopy of analgesized skin after local healing2000In: CNVD,2000, 2000Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 37.
    Häggblad, Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Arildsson, Mikael
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Salerud, Göran
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Reflectance spectroscopy2000In: Eight Int Symp CNVD 2000,2000, 2000, p. 45-50Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Häggblad, Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Lindbergh, Tobias
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Karlsson, M. G. Daniel
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Medical Informatics.
    Casimir-Ahn, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Salerud, Göran
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Myocardial tissue oxygenation estimated with calibrated diffuse reflectance spectroscopy during coronary artery bypass grafting2008In: Journal of Biomedical Optics, ISSN 1083-3668, E-ISSN 1560-2281, Vol. 13, no 5, p. 054030-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a study using a method able to assess tissue oxygenation, taking into account the absorption and the level of scattering in myocardial tissue using a calibrated fiber optic probe. With this method, interindividual comparisons of oxygenation can be made despite varying tissue optical properties during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). During CABG, there are needs for methods allowing continuous monitoring and prediction of the metabolism in the myocardial tissue. 14 patients undergoing CABG are investigated for tissue oxygenation during different surgical phases using a handheld fiber optic spectroscopic probe with a source-detector distance of less than 1 mm. The probe is calibrated using a light transport model, relating the absorption and reduced scattering coefficients (mu(a) and mu()(s)) to the measured spectra. By solving the inverse problem, absolute measures of tissue oxygenation are evaluated by the sum of oxygenized hemoglobin and myoglobin. Agreement between the model and measurements is obtained with an average correlation coefficient R-2 of 0.96. Oxygenation is found to be significantly elevated after aorta cross-clamping and cardioplegic infusion, as well as after reperfusion, compared to a baseline (p < 0.05). Tissue oxygenation decreases during cardiac arrest and increases after reperfusion.

  • 39.
    Häggblad, Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Lindbergh, Tobias
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Salerud, Göran
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Myocardial blood volume and oxygenation monitoring during thoracic surgery2005Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Johansson, Anders
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Physiological Measurements.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Influence of tidal volume and thoraco-abdominal separation on the respiratory induced variation of the photoplethysmogram2000In: Journal of clinical monitoring and computing, ISSN 1387-1307, E-ISSN 1573-2614, Vol. 16, no 8, p. 575-581Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. The present study was aimed at determining the relative influences of tidal volume and thoraco-abdominal separation (relative thoracic and abdominal contribution to the tidal volume) on the respiratory induced intensity variation (RIIV) of the photoplethysmographic signal. The effects were studied in two body positions. Methods. Respiratory inductive plethysmography was used or quantifying thoraco-abdominal separation and for assessing tidal volumes. 10 subjects were trained to perform widely varying degrees of thoraco-abdominal separation at different tidal volumes. The relationship between the RIIV signal peak-to-peak value (measured at the forearm), and the tidal volume and thoraco-abdominal separation was investigated in two body positions with the use of multiple linear regression. Results. Larger tidal volume and more thoracic contribution to respiration were found to increase the RIIV peak-to-peak value (p < 0.0005). In the supine position, the tidal volume influence was stronger than that of thoraco-abdominal separation, and in the sitting position, the opposite was seen. Conclusions. The effects on the RIIV signal following changes in thoraco-abdominal separation and tidal volume are of the same order of magnitude. In the supine position, the influence of thoracic versus abdominal contribution to the tidal volume is not as significant as in the sitting position. Photoplethysmography is a promising technique for combined monitoring of several respiratory parameters, including tidal volume. In situations where the relative thoracic and abdominal contribution are likely to vary, the tidal volume information becomes less reliable.

  • 41.
    Johansson, Anders
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    The influence of breathing pattern in ventilation monitoring using photoplethysmographyManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. The present study aimed at determining the relative influences of tidal volume and thoraco-abdominal separation (relative thoracic and abdominal contribution to the tidal volume) on the respiratory induced intensity variations (RIIV) of the photoplethysmographic (PPG) signal. The effects were studied in two body positions.

    Methods. Respiratory inductive plethysmography (RIP) was used for quantifying thoracoabdominal separation and for assessing tidal volumes. 10 subjects were trained to perform widely varying degrees of thoraco-abdominal separations at different tidal volumes. The relationship between the RIIV signal peak-to-peak value (measured at the forearm), and the tidal volume and separation was investigated in two body positions with the use of multiple linear regression.

    Results. Larger tidal volume and more thoracic contribution to respiration were found to increase the RIIV peak-to-peak value (p<0.0005). In the supine position, tidal volume had a stronger influence than separation, and in the sitting position, the opposite was seen.

    Conclusions. The effects on the RIIV signal from changes in thoraco abdominal separation and tidal volume are of similar magnitude. In the supine position, the influence of separation is less than in the sitting position, but the regression model fit is reduced. PPG is a promising technique for monitoring tidal volumes. However, in situations where the relative thoracic and abdominal contributions are likely to vary, the tidal volume information is less reliable.

  • 42.
    Jonasson, Hanna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Bergstrand, Sara
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Nyström, Fredrik H
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Endocrinology.
    Länne, Toste
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Östgren, Carl Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Primary Care Center, Primary Health Care Center Ödeshög.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Perimed AB, Sweden.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Skin microvascular endothelial dysfunction is associated with type 2 diabetes independently of microalbuminuria and arterial stiffness2017In: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research, ISSN 1479-1641, E-ISSN 1752-8984, Vol. 14, no 4, p. 363-371, article id UNSP 1479164117707706Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Skin and kidney microvascular functions may be affected independently in diabetes mellitus. We investigated skin microcirculatory function in 79 subjects with diabetes type 2, where 41 had microalbuminuria and 38 not, and in 41 age-matched controls. The oxygen saturation, fraction of red blood cells and speed-resolved microcirculatory perfusion (% red blood cells x mm/s) divided into three speed regions: 0-1, 1-10 and above 10 mm/s, were assessed during baseline and after local heating of the foot with a new device integrating diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and laser Doppler flowmetry. Arterial stiffness was assessed as carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity. Subjects with diabetes and microalbuminuria had significantly higher carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity compared to subjects without microalbuminuria and to controls. The perfusion for speeds 0-1 mm/s and red blood cell tissue fraction were reduced in subjects with diabetes at baseline and after heating, independent of microalbuminuria. These parameters were correlated to HbA1c. In conclusion, the reduced nutritive perfusion and red blood cell tissue fraction in type 2 diabetes were related to long-term glucose control but independent of microvascular changes in the kidneys and large-vessel stiffness. This may be due to different pathogenic pathways in the development of nephropathy, large-vessel stiffness and cutaneous microvascular impairment.

  • 43.
    Jonasson, Hanna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Perimed AB, Järfälla-Stockholm, Sweden .
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Assessment of the microcirculation using combined model based diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and laser Doppler flowmetry2015In: 16th Nordic-Baltic Conference on Biomedical Engineering: 16. NBC & 10. MTD 2014 joint conferences. October 14-16, 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden, Springer, 2015, p. 52-54Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    By using a combined inverse model for diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) the tissue fraction of red blood cells (RBCs), their oxygenation and speed-resolved perfusion are estimated in absolute units. DRS spectra (450 to 850 nm) are measured at two source-detector distances; 0.4 and 1.2 mm. LDF spectra are measured at 1.2 mm, integrated in the same fiber-optic probe. Inverse Monte Carlo technique and an adaptive tissue model is used to quantify the microcirculatory parameters. Measurements were done during venous occlusion of the tissue. The model fitting yields a good spectral fit for the two DRS spectra and the LDF spectrum. The physiological responses regarding for example which speed regions respond to provocations follows a priori expectations. The combined model gives quantitative measures of RBC tissue fraction, oxygenation and speed resolved perfusion from the same sampling volume which gives new opportunities to interpret data.

  • 44.
    Jonasson, Hanna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Perimed AB, Datavägen 9A, 175 43 Järfälla, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Perimed AB, Datavägen 9a, 175 26 Järfälla-Stockholm.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Oxygen saturation, red blood cell tissue fraction and speed resolved perfusion — A new optical method for microcirculatory assessment2015In: Microvascular Research, ISSN 0026-2862, E-ISSN 1095-9319, Vol. 102, p. 70-77Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We have developed a new fiber-optic system that combines diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and laser Doppler Flowmetry (LDF) for a multi-modal assessment of the microcirculation. Quantitative data is achieved with an inverse Monte Carlo algorithm based on an individually adaptive skin model. The output parameters are calculated from the model and given in absolute units: hemoglobin oxygen saturation (%), red blood cell (RBC) tissue fraction (%), and the speed resolved RBC perfusion separated into three speed regions; 0–1 mm/s, 1–10 mm/s and above 10 mm/s (% mm/s). The aim was to explore microcirculatory parameters using the new optical method, integrating DRS and LDF in a joint skin model, during local heating of the dorsal foot and venous and arterial occlusion of the forearm in 23 healthy subjects (age 20–28 years). There were differences in the three speed regions in regard to blood flow changes due to local heating, where perfusion for high speeds increased the most. There was also a high correlation between changes in oxygenation and changes in perfusion for higher speeds. Oxygen saturation at baseline was 44% on foot, increasing to 83% at plateau after heating. The larger increase in perfusion for higher speeds than for lower speeds together with the oxygenation increase during thermal provocation, shows a local thermoregulatory blood flow in presumably arteriolar dermal vessels. In conclusion, there are improved possibilities to assess microcirculation using integrated DRS and LDF in a joint skin model by enabling both oxygenation and speed resolved blood flow assessment simultaneously and in the same skin site. Output parameters in absolute units may also yield new insights about the microcirculatory system.

  • 45.
    Karlsson, Daniel M G
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wårdell, Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Influence of tissue movement on laser Doppler perfusion imaging2002In: Proc. SPIE 4624, Optical Diagnostics and Sensing of Biological Fluids and Glucose and Cholesterol Monitoring II, 106 (May 24, 2002), Vol. 4624 / [ed] Alexander V. Priezzhev and Gerard L. Cote, SPIE , 2002, p. 106-114Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The microvascular perfusion can be measured using laser Doppler blood flowmetry (LDF), a technique sensitive to the concentration of moving blood cells and their velocity. However, movements of the tissue itself can cause artifacts in the perfusion readings. In a clinical situation, these movement induced artifacts may arise from patient movements or from movements of internal organs e.g. the intestines or the beating heart. Therefore, we have studied how a well-controlled tissue movement affects the LDF signals during different flow conditions and for different surface structures. Tissue perfusion was recorded non-touch in one point using a laser Doppler perfusion imager. During the measurements the object was placed on a shaker that generated the movement (both horizontal and vertical). Measurements were carried out both on DELRIN® (polyacetal plastic) and the fingertip, for a wide range of velocities (0-3 cm/s). The influence of the microvascular perfusion was evaluated by occluding the brachial artery as well as blood emptying the finger and by using a flow model. The LDF signals were correlated to the movement. In vivo measurements showed that velocities above 0.8 cm/s gave a significant contribution to the perfusion signal. Corresponding velocities for the DELRIN® piece were higher (1.4 – 2.6 cm/s), and dependent on the surface structures and reflecting properties. By reducing the amount of specular reflection the movement influence was substantially lowered.

  • 46.
    Karlsson, Daniel M G
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wårdell, Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Influence of tissue movements on laser Doppler perfusion imaging2002In: Proceedings of SPIE Volume 4624: Optical Diagnostics and Sensing of Biological Fluids and Glucose and Cholesterol Monitoring II / [ed] Alexander V. Priezzhev; Gerard L. Cote, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2002, Vol. 4624, p. 106-114Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The microvascular perfusion can be measured using laser Doppler blood flowmetry (LDF), a technique sensitive to the concentration of moving blood cells and their velocity. However, movements of the tissue itself can cause artifacts in the perfusion readings. In a clinical situation, these movement induced artifacts may arise from patient movements or from movements of internal organs e.g. the intestines or the beating heart. Therefore, we have studied how a well-controlled tissue movement affects the LDF signals during different flow conditions and for different surface structures. Tissue perfusion was recorded non-touch in one point using a laser Doppler perfusion imager. During the measurements the object was placed on a shaker that generated the movement (both horizontal and vertical). Measurements were carried out both on DELRIN« (polyacetal plastic) and the fingertip, for a wide range of velocities (0-3 cm/s). The influence of the microvascular perfusion was evaluated by occluding the brachial artery as well as blood emptying the finger and by using a flow model. The LDF signals were correlated to the movement. In vivo measurements showed that velocities above 0.8 cm/s gave a significant contribution to the perfusion signal. Corresponding velocities for the DELRIN« piece were higher (1.4 - 2.6 cm/s), and dependent on the surface structures and reflecting properties. By reducing the amount of specular reflection the movement influence was substantially lowered.

  • 47.
    Karlsson, Hanna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Inverse Monte Carlo for estimation of scattering and absorption in liquid optical phantoms2012In: Optics Express, ISSN 1094-4087, E-ISSN 1094-4087, Vol. 20, no 11, p. 12233-12246Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A spectroscopic probe with multiple detecting fibers was used for quantifying absorption and scattering in liquid optical phantoms. The phantoms were mixtures of Intralipid and red and blue food dyes. Intensity calibration for the detecting fibers was undertaken using either a microsphere suspension (absolute calibration) or a uniform detector illumination (relative calibration between detectors). Two different scattering phase functions were used in an inverse Monte Carlo algorithm. Data were evaluated for residual spectra (systematic deviations and magnitude) and accuracy in estimation of scattering and absorption. Spectral fitting was improved by allowing for a 10% intensity relaxation in the optimization algorithm. For a multi-detector setup, non-systematic residual spectrum was only found using the more complex Gegenbauer-kernel phase function. However, the choice of phase function did not influence the accuracy in the estimation of absorption and scattering. Similar estimation accuracy as in the multi-detector setup was also obtained using either two relative calibrated detectors or one absolute calibrated detector at a fiber separation of 0.46 mm.

  • 48.
    Karlsson, Hanna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Kvantitativa mätningar av mikrocirkulatoriska parametrar med optiska tekniker och en realistisk hudmodell2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Karlsson, Hanna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Fredriksson, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Perimed AB, Järfälla, Sweden.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation.
    Speed resolved assessment of the microcirculation using combined model based diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and laser Doppler flowmetry2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Karlsson, Hanna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Perimed AB, Järfälla-Stockholm.
    Larsson, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strömberg, Tomas
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Can a one-layer optical skin model including melanin and inhomogeneously distributed blood explain spatially resolved diffuse reflectance spectra?2011In: Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue IX / [ed] Robert R. Alfano; Bruce J. Tromberg; Arjun G. Yodh; Mamoru Tamura; Eva M. Sevick-Muraca, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2011, Vol. 7896, p. 78962Y-78962Y-9Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Model based analysis of calibrated diffuse reflectance spectroscopy can be used for determining oxygenation and concentration of skin chromophores. This study aimed at assessing the effect of including melanin in addition to hemoglobin (Hb) as chromophores and compensating for inhomogeneously distributed blood (vessel packaging), in a single-layer skin model. Spectra from four humans were collected during different provocations using a twochannel fiber optic probe with source-detector separations 0.4 and 1.2 mm. Absolute calibrated spectra using data from either a single distance or both distances were analyzed using inverse Monte Carlo for light transport and Levenberg-Marquardt for non-linear fitting. The model fitting was excellent using a single distance. However, the estimated model failed to explain spectra from the other distance. The two-distance model did not fit the data well at either distance. Model fitting was significantly improved including melanin and vessel packaging. The most prominent effect when fitting data from the larger separation compared to the smaller separation was a different light scattering decay with wavelength, while the tissue fraction of Hb and saturation were similar. For modeling spectra at both distances, we propose using either a multi-layer skin model or a more advanced model for the scattering phase function.

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