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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Tutorial on diffuse light transport
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Paper Abstract

A tutorial introduction to diffuse light transport is presented. The basic analytic equations of time-resolved, steady-state and modulated light transport are introduced. The perturbation method for handling slight heterogeneities in optical properties is outlined. The treatment of boundary conditions such as an air/tissue surface is described. Finite mesh-based numerical methods are introduced to calculate the diffuse light field in complex tissues with arbitrary boundaries. Applications in tissue spectroscopy and imaging illustrate these theoretical and computational tools.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2008
PDF: 19 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 13(4) 041302 doi: 10.1117/1.2967535
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 13, Issue 4
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Simon Jacques, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (Canada)
Brian W. Pogue, Dartmouth College (United States)


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