The Role of Skin Optics in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Uses of Lasers

  • S. L. Jacques


Light must penetrate the skin before it can exert therapeutic effect or offer diagnostic information. Laser radiation will penetrate some tissues better than others due to variation in tissue optical properties. Skin is a particularly difficult tissue to penetrate because of the strong scattering properties of the dermis. Fortunately, skin is a relatively thin tissue, and the shallow penetration of light is sufficient for strong interaction with the epidermis and upper dermis. The availability of the skin surface for topical irradiation makes the use of lasers in dermatology an attractive modality.


Venous Plexus Light Distribution Melanin Content Basal Cell Layer Blood Content 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. L. Jacques
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  1. 1.Laser Biology Research LaboratoryUniversity of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - 17HoustonUSA

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