Assessment of finger joint inflammation by diffuse optical tomography

Andreas H. Hielscher, Alexander D. Klose, Alexander K. Scheel, Marina Backhaus, Uwe J. Netz, Jürgen Beuthan

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    Inflammatory processes as they occur during rheumatoid arthritis (RA) lead to changes in the optical properties of joint tissues and fluids. These changes occur early on in the disease process and can potentially be used as diagnostic parameter. In this work we report on in vivo studies involving 12 human subjects, which show the potential of diffuse optical tomographic techniques for the diagnosis of inflammatory processes in proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)46-54
    Number of pages9
    JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    StatePublished - 2003
    EventPhoton Migration and Diffuse-Light Imaging - Munich, Germany
    Duration: Jun 22 2003Jun 23 2003


    • Joint imaging
    • Optical tomography
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Transport theory

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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