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Investigation of light piping through clear regions of scattering objects
Author(s): Michael Firbank; Martin Schweiger; David T. Delpy
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Paper Abstract

Near-infrared spectroscopy is increasingly being used for monitoring cerebral oxygenation and haemodynamics. One current concern is the effect of the cerebrospinal fluid upon the distribution of light in the head. There are difficulties in modeling clear layers in scattering systems. The Monte Carlo model should handle clear regions accurately, but is too slow to be used for realistic geometries. The diffusion equation can be solved quickly for realistic geometries, but is only valid in scattering regions. In this paper we describe experiments carried out on a solid slab phantom to investigate the effect of clear regions. These experiments were used to examine the accuracy with which the different models described propagation through a clear layer inside a scattering object. We found that the presence of a clear layer had a significant effect upon the light distribution, which was modeled correctly by Monto Carlo techniques, but not by diffusion theory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2389, Optical Tomography, Photon Migration, and Spectroscopy of Tissue and Model Media: Theory, Human Studies, and Instrumentation, (30 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209964
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Michael Firbank, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Martin Schweiger, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
David T. Delpy, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2389:
Optical Tomography, Photon Migration, and Spectroscopy of Tissue and Model Media: Theory, Human Studies, and Instrumentation
Britton Chance; Robert R. Alfano, Editor(s)

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