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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 3 — Feb. 11, 2002
  • pp: 159–170

Three dimensional Monte Carlo code for photon migration through complex heterogeneous media including the adult human head

D. A. Boas, J. P. Culver, J. J. Stott, and A. K. Dunn  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp. 159-170 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.10.000159


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Abstract

We describe a novel Monte Carlo code for photon migration through 3D media with spatially varying optical properties. The code is validated against analytic solutions of the photon diffusion equation for semi-infinite homogeneous media. The code is also cross-validated for photon migration through a slab with an absorbing heterogeneity. A demonstration of the utility of the code is provided by showing time-resolved photon migration through a human head. This code, known as ‘tMCimg’, is available on the web and can serve as a resource for solving the forward problem for complex 3D structural data obtained by MRI or CT.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.5280) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photon migration

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: December 10, 2001
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 2002
Published: February 11, 2002

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David Boas, J. Culver, J. Stott, and A. Dunn, "Three dimensional Monte Carlo code for photon migration through complex heterogeneous media including the adult human head," Opt. Express 10, 159-170 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-10-3-159


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