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Study of light fluence rate distribution in photodynamic therapy using finite-element method
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Paper Abstract

In photodynamic therapy (PDT), it is desirable to determine the light fluence distribution accurately for treatment planning. Earlier studies have shown heterogeneous distribution of optical properties in patients' prostates. Finite-element method (FEM) is suitable for dealing with heterogeneous media and irregular geometries. Cylindrical diffusing fibers (CDFs) were modeled as linear sources of finite lengths, using the same parameters as those used in the treatments. Meshes were generated in the three-dimensional (3D) prostate geometry, reconstructed using transrectal ultrasound images of the prostate. Heterogeneous optical properties measured in the prostate were applied in the calculation and the refractive-index mismatch boundary condition was studied. Compared with the measurements, the FEM calculations using heterogeneous optical properties show better agreements than those using homogeneous optical properties.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6139, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XV, 61390M (6 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.646251
Show Author Affiliations
Jun Li, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Timothy C. Zhu, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Jarod C. Finlay, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6139:
Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XV
David Kessel, Editor(s)

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