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Opt Lett. 2008 Mar 1;33(5):416-8.

Measurement of the hemoglobin oxygen saturation level with spectroscopic spectral-domain optical coherence tomography.

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Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.


We report the measurement of the hemoglobin (Hb) oxygen saturation level in human blood with a spectroscopic spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SSD-OCT) system based on the crossover behavior of Hb and oxyhemoglobin (HbO(2)) absorption coefficients around 800 nm. By calculating the ratio of the exponential decay constant of A-mode scan signal in the long-wavelength range (>800 nm) over that in the short-wavelength range (<800 nm), the relative oxygen saturation level of Hb can be calibrated. Such a relative level can be used for practical diagnosis application after a golden standard is built by comparing the variation of the OCT result with that of a conventional method, such as the use of a blood gas analyzer. In our experiment, the variation curve based on the SSD-OCT measurement, which has the advantages of noninvasive, real-time, and high-resolution measurements, is coincident with that of using a commercial blood gas analyzer.

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