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Appropriate radiometric quantities in laser dosimetry
Author(s): David H. Sliney
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Paper Abstract

Unlike radiofrequency and ionizing radiation which can penetrate deeply into biological tissues, optical radiation is generally absorbed very superficially. Except for the relatively narrow band of visible and near-infrared (IR-A) radiation from approximately 400 - 1400 nm, skin and other biological tissues are nearly opaque to optical radiation. For this reason, the volumetric or mass-based concepts of absorbed dose (i.e., J/cm3 or J/gm) used in other areas of radiation biology are of little value. Additionally, the absorbed radiant energy is conducted out of the absorbing site and for this reason thermal effects depend largely upon the size and location of the absorbing site as well as exposure and exposure rate. Concepts of surface exposure dose are therefore most useful and practical. The concepts of fluence and fluence rate are shown to be useful for volume scattering in the visible spectral region where photochemical reactions are to be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3601, Laser-Tissue Interaction X: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical, (14 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350031
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David H. Sliney, U.S. Army Ctr. for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3601:
Laser-Tissue Interaction X: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical
Steven L. Jacques; David H. Sliney; Gerhard J. Mueller; Gerhard J. Mueller; Andre Roggan; Andre Roggan; David H. Sliney, Editor(s)

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