Influence of adipose tissue on muscle oxygenation measurement with NIRS instrument

Kenichi Matsushita, Sachiko Homma, Eiji Okada

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The influence of the subcutaneous adipose tissue on near infra-red light propagation in leg muscle and on the sensitivity of NIR O2 monitor is investigated. The simulation model is half infinite medium consisting of skin, adipose and muscle layer. The optical properties of each layer are chosen from the reported data and the absorption coefficient of muscle is rectified by using experimental results. The thickness of adipose layer is varied from 0 - 15 mm and the partial optical pathlength in the muscle layer and the spatial sensitivity profile are predicted by Monte Carlo simulation. The spatial sensitivity profile tends to distribute in the adipose layer and the detected light only grazes the muscle layer. These results suggest that the sensitivity in oxygenation of muscle tissue is impaired by influence of the adipose tissue and NIR O2 monitor mainly detects the oxygenation change in shallow region of the muscle layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-165
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1997
EventProceedings of Photon Propagation in Tissues III - San Remo, Italy
Duration: 1997 Sept 61997 Sept 8


  • Adipose tissue
  • Near-infrared O monitor
  • Optical path length
  • Oxygenation monitoring
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Spatial sensitivity profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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