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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Temperature distributions in laser-heated biological tissue with application to birthmark removal
Author(s): Michael Karl Loze; Christopher David Wright
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Paper Abstract

The time-dependent temperature distributions produced within thermally homogeneous media heated by a moving laser beam with Gaussian and uniform power density profiles are examined using a time-domain method based on Green’s functions. Regions of finite length, width, and depth within the medium having exponential power absorption are considered. The temperature distribution is written as a single integral with respect to time of simple functions and the resulting expressions have been used to model the heating of blood vessels for birthmark (port-wine stain) removal. The temperature distributions obtained are in good agreement with those produced using Monte Carlo optical and finite difference thermal models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2001
PDF: 12 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 6(1) doi: 10.1117/1.1318217
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 6, Issue 1
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Michael Karl Loze, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Christopher David Wright, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)

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