Tissue optics for a slab geometry in the diffusion approximation

Martin J.C. Van Gemert, Ashley J. Welch, Willem M. Star, Massoud Motamedi, Wai Fung Cheong

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This paper solves the radiative transport equation in a slab using the diffusion approximation in one-dimension. The absorption and scattering coefficients as well as the first moment of the phase function are shown to follow directly from measurement of the diffuse transmission and the collimated transmission, and the diffuse reflection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-302
Number of pages8
JournalLasers in Medical Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Absorption and scattering coefficents
  • Anisotropy factor of scattering
  • Diffusion approximation
  • Slab geometry
  • Tissue optics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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