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Noninvasive Surface Wave Method for Measuring Skin Viscoelasticity

[+] Author Affiliations
Xiaoming Zhang, Randall R. Kinnick, Mark R. Pittelkow, Thomas G. Osborn, James F. Greenleaf

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Paper No. SBC2009-206517, pp. 681-682; 2 pages
  • ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Lake Tahoe, California, USA, June 17–21, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4891-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Characterization of the viscoelastic mechanical properties of skin is important for improving accurate medical examination and diagnosis of disorders involving cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues; more thoroughly understanding skin biophysical and physiological properties; identifying normal and abnormal skin aging and disease processes; developing and applying improved pharmacologic and other therapeutic interventions; as well as cosmetic applications. Several noninvasive methods have been developed for measurement of mechanical properties of skin [1]. However, most methods measure a stiffness parameter but not the material properties of skin. For example, the suction method measures the displacement of skin in response to suction. The measurement is dependent on the aperture and fixation of probes and also difficult to interpret.

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