Optical Reflectance and Transmittance of Tissues: Principles and Applications

Brian C. Wilson, Steven L. Jacques

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This paper presents a discussion of diagnostic and dosimetric optical measurements in medicine and biology. The introduction covers the topics of tissue optical properties, tissue boundary conditions, and invasive versus noninvasive measurements. Clinical applications of therapeutic dosimetry and diagnostic spectroscopy are discussed. The principles of diffuse reflectance and transmittance measurements are presented. Experimental studies illustrate reflectance spectroscopy and steady-state versus time-resolved measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2186-2199
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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