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)
Title of host publicationEuropean Conference on Biomedical Optics, ECBO 2003
Subtitle of host publicationOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
PublisherOptica Publishing Group (formerly OSA)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)0819450111
StatePublished - 2003
EventEuropean Conference on Biomedical Optics, ECBO 2003 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Jun 22 2003 → …

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Biomedical Optics, ECBO 2003
Period6/22/03 → …


  • Optical tomography
  • joint imaging
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • transport theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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