Human tissue color as viewed in high dynamic range optical spectral transmission measurements. Academic Article uri icon


  • High dynamic range optical-to-near-infrared transmission measurements for different parts of human body in the spectral range from 650 to 950 nm have been performed. Experimentally measured spectra are correlated with Monte Carlo simulations using chromaticity coordinates in CIE 1976 L*a*b* color space. Both a qualitative and a quantitative agreement have been found, paving a new way of characterizing human tissues in vivo. The newly developed experimental and computational platform for assessing tissue transmission spectra is anticipated to have a considerable impact on identifying favorable conditions for laser surgery and optical diagnostics, while providing supplementary information about tissue properties.

published proceedings

  • Biomed Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Petrov, G. I., Doronin, A., Whelan, H. T., Meglinski, I., & Yakovlev, V. V.

citation count

  • 50

complete list of authors

  • Petrov, Georgi I||Doronin, Alexander||Whelan, Harry T||Meglinski, Igor||Yakovlev, Vladislav V

publication date

  • September 2012