The influence of wavelength and probe configuration on findings of a skin vasoconstriction test when using laser Doppler perfusion devices.

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The aim of this study was to establish the degree to which a standardized test based on laser Doppler blood flow measurement is dependent on the particular equipment set-up being used. For this purpose, we examined finger skin blood flow with laser Doppler instruments in 20 healthy subjects. In laser Doppler perfusion monitoring (LDPM), we used a custom-made probe with two detecting fibers placed 0.25 and 1.2 min from the illuminating fiber, respectively, and two laser Doppler perfusion imagers (LDPI) with a wavelength of 632.8 nm and 780 rim, respectively. Warming of the hand was achieved with a Peltier element, and reflex vasoconstriction was induced by immersing the other hand for 3 min into a water bath kept at 15 degrees C. As a measure for the change in skin blood flow, a vasoconstriction index (VAC: cooling/before cooling) was calculated and used for the comparison of the different devices. VAC values gathered around 0.6 for all devices. However, LDPI with a wavelength of 632.9 nm showed a slightly higher VAC index, and the difference was significant. We conclude that using a standardized test is the most appropriate for monitoring changes in blood flow rather than recording and comparing discrete values in intermittent recordings. Although a difference was noted when comparing the devices, different fiber separations and wavelengths seem then to be of little consequence. (c) 2005 Published by Elsevier Inc.


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Sidor (från-till)64-67
TidskriftMicrovascular Research
Utgåva nummerJan 3
StatusPublished - 2006
Peer review utfördJa