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Telegrapher-based fluorescence-enhanced optical tomography in small volume
Author(s): Ranadhir Roy
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Paper Abstract

Accurate modeling of photon propagation in small animals is critical to quantitatively obtain accurate tomographic images. The diffusion approximation is used for biomedical optical diagnostic techniques in turbid large media where absorption is low compared to scattering system. This approximation has considerable limitations to accurately predict radiative transport in turbid small media and also in a media where absorption is high compared to scattering systems. A radiative transport equation (RTE) is best suited for photon propagation in human tissues. However, such models are quite expensive computationally. To alleviate the problems of the high computational cost of RTE and inadequacies of the diffusion equation in a small volume, we use telegrapher equation (TE) in the frequency domain for fluorescence-enhanced optical tomography problems. The telegrapher equation can accurately and efficiently predict ballistic as well as diffusion-limited transport regimes which could simultaneously exist in small animals. The telegrapher-based model is tested by comparing with the diffusion-based model using stimulated data in a small volume. This work shows the telegrapher-based model is appropriate in small animal optical tomography problems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7561, Optical Biopsy VII, 75610H (11 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.843241
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Ranadhir Roy, The Univ. of Texas-Pan American (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7561:
Optical Biopsy VII
Robert R. Alfano, Editor(s)

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