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Coupled radiative transfer equation and diffusion approximation
Author(s): Tanja Tarvainen; Marko Vauhkonen; Ville Kolehmainen; Jari P. Kaipio
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Paper Abstract

A coupled radiative transfer equation and diffusion approximation model for photon migration in tissues is proposed. The light propagation is modeled with the radiative transfer equation in sub-domains in which the assumptions of the diffusion approximation are not valid and the diffusion approximation is used elsewhere in the domain. The coupled equations are solved using the finite element method. The proposed method is tested with simulations. The results of the coupled radiative transfer equation and diffusion approximation model are compared with the finite element solutions of the radiative transfer equation and the diffusion approximation. The results show that the coupled radiative transfer equation and diffusion approximation model can be used to describe photon migration in tissues more accurately than the conventional diffusion model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5859, Photon Migration and Diffuse-Light Imaging II, 58591N (7 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.632886
Show Author Affiliations
Tanja Tarvainen, Univ. of Kuopio (Finland)
Marko Vauhkonen, Univ. of Kuopio (Finland)
Ville Kolehmainen, Univ. of Kuopio (Finland)
Jari P. Kaipio, Univ. of Kuopio (Finland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5859:
Photon Migration and Diffuse-Light Imaging II
Kai Licha; Rinaldo Cubeddu, Editor(s)

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