Special Section on Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Diffuse Optics and Optical Molecular Imaging

Tutorial on diffuse light transport

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Steven L. Jacques

Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon 97239

Brian W. Pogue

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

J. Biomed. Opt. 13(4), 041302 (August 26, 2008). doi:10.1117/1.2967535
History: Received September 21, 2007; Revised February 18, 2008; Accepted February 26, 2008; Published August 26, 2008
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A tutorial introduction to diffuse light transport is presented. The basic analytic equations of time-resolved, steady-state and modulated light transport are introduced. The perturbation method for handling slight heterogeneities in optical properties is outlined. The treatment of boundary conditions such as an air/tissue surface is described. Finite mesh-based numerical methods are introduced to calculate the diffuse light field in complex tissues with arbitrary boundaries. Applications in tissue spectroscopy and imaging illustrate these theoretical and computational tools.

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Steven L. Jacques and Brian W. Pogue
"Tutorial on diffuse light transport", J. Biomed. Opt. 13(4), 041302 (August 26, 2008). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2967535

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