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Computer model for photodynamic therapy of the prostate
Author(s): Jerzy Jankun; Amjad Zaim; Monika Jankun-Kelly; Rick W. Keck; Steven H. Selman
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Paper Abstract

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an emerging minimally invasive treatment that can be employed in many human diseases including prostate cancer. This treatment of human prostate cancer depends on the localization of a drug (photosensitizer) into the prostate. The photosensitizer is activated by high- energy laser light and the active drug destroys cancerous tissue. The success of PDT depends on precise placement of light diffusers in the prostate. Since the prostate is irregular in shape, with different dimensions, a transurethral light delivery that is circular in distribution cannot be used in most cases of carcinoma of the prostate. Sources of light and their spatial distribution must be tailored to each individual patient. More uniform, therapeutic light distribution can be achieved by interstitial light irradiation. In this case, the light is delivered by diffusers placed within the substance of the prostate parallel to the urethra at a distance optimized to deliver adequate levels of light and to create the desired photodynamic effect. For this reason, we are developing a computer program that can calculate the distribution of energy depending on the number of light sources placed in the prostate, their position in the gland, the dimension of the prostate, and the attenuation coefficient. A patient's three-dimensional prostate model is built based on ultrasound images. Then the program is being designated to predict the best set of parameters and position of light diffusers in space, displays them in graphical form or in numerical form. The program is amenable for interfacing with robotic treatment systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3907, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems X, (17 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386260
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Jerzy Jankun, Medical College of Ohio (United States)
Amjad Zaim, Medical College of Ohio (United States)
Monika Jankun-Kelly, Medical College of Ohio (United States)
Rick W. Keck, Medical College of Ohio (United States)
Steven H. Selman, Medical College of Ohio (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3907:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems X
R. Rox Anderson; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lawrence S. Bass; C. Gaelyn Garrett; Kenton W. Gregory; Nikiforos Kollias; Harvey Lui; Reza S. Malek; George M. Peavy; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Lou Reinisch; David S. Robinson; Lloyd P. Tate; Eugene A. Trowers; Timothy A. Woodward; Kenton W. Gregory; Eugene A. Trowers; Timothy A. Woodward; David S. Robinson; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lloyd P. Tate; George M. Peavy; Lou Reinisch; C. Gaelyn Garrett; Reza S. Malek, Editor(s)

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