Newborn jaundice or neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, a yellowish appearance of the skin and whites of the eyes, is present to some degree in almost all newborn infants. This is caused by an elevated level of bilirubin molecule in the blood which results from immaturity of the liver function combined with the destruction of red blood cells present. When these levels are very high, one method of clearing the jaundice is by exposing the newborn to light in the blue spectral region between 400 to 550 nm.
Actinic Spectral Function
The UV-3706 detector enables the measurement of phototherapeutically effective irradiance employed for lowering the bilirubin level in newborn infants.
Calibration of the detector billirubin effective (W/m²) responsivity is performed by the Gigahertz-Optik GmbH calibration laboratory for optical radiation measurements quantities. As with all light detectors supplied by Gigahertz-Optik calibration of absolute detector responsivity as well as detector individual measured relative spectral responsivity data is included.