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The role of numerical aperture in efficient estimation of spatially resolved reflectance by a Monte Carlo light propagation model
Author(s): Matic Ivančič; Peter Naglič; Boštjan Likar; Franjo Pernuš; Miran Bürmen
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Paper Abstract

For a given experimental setting, the measured spatially resolved reflectance rapidly drops with decreasing numerical aperture of the detection scheme. Consequently, for detection schemes with small numerical apertures, the computational time of MC simulations required to obtain adequate signal-to-noise ratio of the spatially resolved reflectance can become very long. We mitigate the issue by virtually increasing the numerical aperture of the detection scheme in MC simulations and devise a criterion for robust estimation of its maximum value. By using the proposed methodology, we show that the acceptance angle of a selected imaging system can be virtually increased from 3 to 11 while preserving a low relative error of the simulated spatially resolved reflectance over a wide range of tissue-like optical properties. As a result, a more than eightfold improvement in the computation time is attained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10062, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXVIII, 100621B (15 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2252541
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Matic Ivančič, Univ. of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Peter Naglič, Univ. of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Boštjan Likar, Univ. of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Franjo Pernuš, Univ. of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Miran Bürmen, Univ. of Ljubljana (Slovenia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10062:
Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXVIII
E. Duco Jansen; Hope Thomas Beier, Editor(s)

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