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GPU-accelerated Monte-Carlo modeling for fluorescence propagation in turbid medium
Author(s): Xi Yi; Weiting Chen; Linhui Wu; Wenjuan Ma; Wei Zhang; Jiao Li; Xin Wang; Feng Gao
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Paper Abstract

In biomedical optics, the Monte Carlo (MC) simulation is widely recognized as a gold standard for its high accuracy and versatility. However, in fluorescence regime, due to the requirement for tracing a huge number of the consecutive events of an excitation photon migration, the excitation-to-emission convention and the resultant fluorescent photon migration in tissue, the MC method is prohibitively time-consuming, especially when the tissue has an optically heterogeneous structure. To overcome the difficulty, we present a parallel implementation of MC modeling for fluorescence propagation in tissue, on the basis of the Graphics Processing Units (GPU) and the Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) platform. By rationalizing the distribution of blocks and threads a certain number of photon migration procedures can be processed synchronously and efficiently, with the single-instruction-multiple-thread execution mode of GPU. We have evaluated the implementation for both homogeneous and heterogeneous scenarios by comparing with the conventional CPU implementations, and shown that the GPU method can obtain significant acceleration of about 20-30 times for fluorescence modeling in tissue, indicating that the GPU-based fluorescence MC simulation can be a practically effective tool for methodological investigations of tissue fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 February 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8216, Multimodal Biomedical Imaging VII, 82160U (29 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.902988
Show Author Affiliations
Xi Yi, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Weiting Chen, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Linhui Wu, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Wenjuan Ma, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Wei Zhang, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Jiao Li, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Xin Wang, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Feng Gao, Tianjin Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8216:
Multimodal Biomedical Imaging VII
Fred S. Azar; Xavier Intes, Editor(s)

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