Tutorial on diffuse light transport

Steven L. Jacques, Brian W. Pogue

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041302
JournalJournal of biomedical optics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • diffuse
  • imaging
  • light transport
  • optical properties
  • spectroscopy
  • tissue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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