Transcutaneous bilirubinometers are widely used to screen neonatal jaundice. However, it was reported that their accuracy is compromised at low and high bilirubin levels. We used a photon diffusion theory-based method valid in the 450–600 nm wavelength region to overcome this obstacle. Our clinical study results showed that our system could properly determine the transcutaneous bilirubin concentrations at total serum bilirubin levels higher than 14 mg/dL, where a commercial bilirubinometer failed to provide proper results in several cases. These findings suggested that photon diffusion theory could be employed to improve the core algorithm of modern bilirubinometers and enhance their applicability.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics