Imaging skin with polarized light

S. L. Jacques, J. C. Ramella-Roman, K. Lee

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


Pathology in skin often occurs in the superficial layers of the epidermis and invades the papillary dermis. Imaging with linearly polarized light allows selection of photons that have reflected from these superficial tissue layers and rejection of photons that have penetrated deeply into the reticular dermis. Consequently, the image contrast is concentrated in the superficial tissue layers where pathology arises and invasion occurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2314-2315
Number of pages2
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 2002 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 24th Annual Conference and the 2002 Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES / EMBS) - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2002Oct 26 2002


  • Polarized light
  • Skin cancer
  • Tissue optics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics


Dive into the research topics of 'Imaging skin with polarized light'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this