A Monte Carlo model of light propagation in tissue

S. A. Prahl, M. Keijzer, S. L. Jacques, A. J. Welch

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The Monte Carlo method is rapidly becoming the model of choice for simulating light transport in tissue. This paper provides all the details necessary for implementation of a Monte Carlo program. Variance reduction schemes that improve the effiency of the Monte Carlo method are discussed. Analytic expressions facilitating convolution calculations for flat and Gaussian beams are included. Useful validation benchmarks are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1030509
Pages (from-to)102-111
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 10 1989
Externally publishedYes
EventDosimetry of Laser Radiation in Medicine and Biology 1988 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Nov 30 1988Dec 3 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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