Current state of the application of infrared optical methods for assessing articular cartilage

Afara, Isaac O., Pawlak, Zenon, & Oloyede, Adekunle (2011) Current state of the application of infrared optical methods for assessing articular cartilage. Journal of Materials Science and Engineering.

View at publisher


This paper reviews the current state in the application of infrared methods, particularly mid-infrared (mid-IR) and near infrared (NIR), for the evaluation of the structural and functional integrity of articular cartilage. It is noted that while a considerable amount of research has been conducted with respect to tissue characterization using mid-IR, it is almost certain that full-thickness cartilage assessment is not feasible with this method. On the contrary, the relatively more considerable penetration capacity of NIR suggests that it is a suitable candidate for full-thickness cartilage evaluation. Nevertheless, significant research is still required to improve the specificity and clinical applicability of the method if we are going to be able to use it for distinguishing between functional and dysfunctional cartilage.

Impact and interest:

Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 48979
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Joint Tissue Assessment, Nondestructive Cartilage Evaluation, Cartilage Degneration, Clinical Potential of NIR
ISSN: 2161-6213
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2012 01:38
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2012 01:38

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page