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How tissue optics affect dosimetry for photochemical, photothermal, and photomechanical mechanisms of laser-tissue interaction
Author(s): Steven L. Jacques
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Paper Abstract

The optical properties of tissues determine the penetration into tissue of the radiant energy from a laser (or other light) source. Subsequently, the laser energy is converted to chemical, thermal, or mechanical energy, and a variety of laser-tissue interactions are possible. The initial distribution of the radiant energy, however, affects the distribution and often the nature of the subsequent laser-tissue interactions. In this report, the manner in which optical penetration affects the subsequent photochemical, photothermal, and photomechanical mechanisms of laser-tissue interaction are presented. Understanding the optical dosimetry is an important step in developing protocols for clinical therapies.

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Date Published: 1 February 1992
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Proc. SPIE 1599, Recent Advances in the Uses of Light in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine, (1 February 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.2322297
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Steven L. Jacques, Univ. of Texas (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1599:
Recent Advances in the Uses of Light in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine

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