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Effect of skin tumor properties on laser penetration
Author(s): A. E. Karsten; A. Singh
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Paper Abstract

Computer modeling can be a valuable tool to determine the absorption of laser light in different skin layers. For this study, the optical properties of three different skin tumors were used in the model to evaluate the effect on penetration depth into the skin. Comparison between the healthy dermis and the skin tumors indicated that up to 28 % more laser light is absorbed in the healthy dermis than in the tumor tissue. This has implications on the laser dose applied to the skin for treatment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7373, Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions IV, 737316 (17 July 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.831948
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A. E. Karsten, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)
Univ. of Pretoria (South Africa)
A. Singh, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7373:
Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions IV
Ronald Sroka; Lothar D. Lilge, Editor(s)

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