Changes in optical properties of human whole blood in vitro due to slow heating
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Optical properties of human whole blood were investigated in vitro at 633 nm using a double integrating sphere set-up, The blood flow was maintained at a constant rate through a flow cell while continuously heating the blood at 0.2-1.1 degrees C/min from approximately 25 to 55 degrees C in a heat exchanger, A small, but rather abrupt decrease in the scattering asymmetry factor (g-factor) of 1.7 +/- 0.6% and a similar increase in the scattering coefficient of 2.9 +/- 0.6% were observed at approximately 45-46 degrees C yielding an increase in the reduced scattering coefficient of 40 +/- 10%. Furthermore, a continuous, manifest increase in the absorption coefficient was seen with increasing temperature, on average 80 +/- 70% from 25 to 50 degrees C. The effect of the heating on the blood cells was also studied under a white-light transmission microscope, A sudden change in the shape of the red blood cells, from disc-shaped to spherical, was observed at approximately the same temperature at which the distinct changes in g-factor and scattering coefficient were observed, i.e. at 45-46 degrees C, The results indicate that this shape transformation could explain the sudden change in scattering properties.
|Research areas and keywords||
Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Journal||Photochemistry and Photobiology|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
Related research output
1997, Department of Physics, Lund University. 279 p.
Research output: Thesis › Doctoral Thesis (compilation)