Enhancement of optical skin clearing efficacy using a microneedle roller

Jinhee Yoon, Taeyoon Son, Eung Ho Choi, Bernard Choi, J. Stuart Nelson, Byungjo Jung

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Light scattering in biological tissues can be reduced by using optical clearing agents. Various physical methods in conjunction with agents have been studied to enhance the optical clearing efficacy of skin for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. In this study, we propose a new physical method to enhance the optical clearing potential of topically applied glycerol. A microneedle roller is used to easily create numerous transdermal microchannels prior to glycerol application. The optical clearing efficacy of skin is quantitatively evaluated with the use of a modulation transfer function target placed underneath ex vivo porcine skin samples. From cross-polarized images acquired at various time points after glycerol application, we find that samples treated with the microneedle roller resulted in an approximately two-fold increase in contrast compared to control samples 30min after glycerol application. In conclusion, our data suggest that the microneedle roller can be a good physical method to enhance transdermal delivery of optical clearing agents, and hence their optical clearing potential over large regions of skin.

Original languageEnglish
Article number021103
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the Next Generation New Technology Development Program (10028424) provided by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of the Korean Government. Author Nelson was supported by the following grants from the National Institutes of Health (AR47751 and EB 2495).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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