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Dosimetry for lasers and light in dermatology: Monte Carlo simulations of 577nm-pulsed laser penetration into cutaneous vessels
Author(s): Steven L. Jacques; Marleen Keijzer
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Paper Abstract

The role of skin optics in planning proper dosimetry for radiant energy delivered by lasers and conventional light sources is presented. The optical properties of the epidermis, dermis, and cutaneous blood are summarized. The ability of laser pulses at 577-nm wavelength to penetrate into and around a large blood vessel is studied using Monte Carlo simulations. The variation in laser penetration for variable beam diameters and variable vessel depths in presented. The distinction between TOTAL PULSE ENERGY versus PULSE ENERGY DENSITY is illustrated. The topic of this paper is especially pertinent to laser therapy for portwine stain lesions.

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Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1422, Lasers in Dermatology and Tissue Welding, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43934
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Steven L. Jacques, Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)
Marleen Keijzer, Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1422:
Lasers in Dermatology and Tissue Welding
Oon Tian Tan; Rodney A. White; John V. White, Editor(s)

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