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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 9 — Apr. 27, 1998
  • pp: 391–396

Optical Monte Carlo modeling of a true port wine stain anatomy

Jennifer Kehlet Barton, T. Joshua Pfefer, Ashley J. Welch, Derek J. Smithies, J. Stuart Nelson, and Martin J.C. van Gemert  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 9, pp. 391-396 (1998)

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A unique Monte Carlo program capable of accommodating an arbitrarily complex geometry was used to determine the energy deposition in a true port wine stain anatomy. Serial histologic sections taken from a biopsy of a dark red, laser therapy resistant stain were digitized and used to create the program input for simulation at wavelengths of 532 and 585 nm. At both wavelengths, the greatest energy deposition occurred in the superficial blood vessels, and subsequently decreased with depth as the laser beam was attenuated. However, more energy was deposited in the epidermis and superficial blood vessels at 532 nm than at 585 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(170.1610) Medical optics and biotechnology : Clinical applications
(170.1870) Medical optics and biotechnology : Dermatology
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues

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Focus Issue: Control of loss and decoherence in quantum systems

Original Manuscript: February 13, 1998
Published: April 27, 1998

Jennifer Barton, T. Pfefer, Ashley Welch, Derek Smithies, Jerry Nelson, and Martin Van Gemert, "Optical Monte Carlo modeling of a true portwine stain anatomy," Opt. Express 2, 391-396 (1998)

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