1. “Virtual Biopsies” of Normal Skin and Thermal and Chemical Burn Wounds

    “Virtual Biopsies” of Normal Skin and Thermal and Chemical Burn Wounds

    The search for noninvasive methods to image and measure the mechanical properties of skin has been a frequent subject of research for many years. Although suction testing, elastography, and other testing can be noninvasive, these tests fail to yield comparable results to destructive tests such as uniaxial tensile testing. Accordingly, researchers have developed a technique to combine optical coherence tomography with vibrational analysis ( vibrational optical coherence tomography ) to image and analyze the biomechanical properties of tissues noninvasively and nondestructively. The result of this analysis is a “ virtual biopsy ” of skin , along with a physical analysis of the major components of ...

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