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Optical-Thermal Response of Laser-Irradiated Tissue

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  • Theory and models for light propagation in tissue
  • Response of tissue to absorbed laser light
  • Use of reflectance and fluorescence for measurement of optical properties and for diagnostics
  • Dynamic changes in the optical and thermal properties of tissue during laser irradiation
  • Methods for measurement of thermal properties

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The second edition maintains the standard of excellence established in the first edition, while adjusting the content to reflect changes in tissue optics and medical applications since 1995. The material concerning light propagation now contains new chapters devoted to electromagnetic theory for coherent light. The material concerning thermal laser-tissue interactions contains a new chapter on pulse ablation of tissue. The medical applications section now includes several new chapters on Optical Coherent Tomography, acoustic imaging, molecular imaging, forensic optics and nerve stimulation. A detailed overview is provided of the optical and thermal response of tissue to laser irradiation along with diagnostic and therapeutic examples including fiber optics. Sufficient theory is included in the book so that it is suitable for a one or two semester graduate or for senior elective courses. Material covered includes (1) light propagation and diagnostic application; (2) the thermal response of tissue and therapeutic application; (3) denaturation; and (4) ablation. The theory and applications provide researchers with sufficient detail that this volume will become the primary reference for laser-tissue interactions and medical applications.

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Tissue Optics

  2. Thermal Interactions

  3. Medical Applications

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept. Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, Austin, USA

    Ashley J. Welch

  • Academic Medical Centre, Laser Centre, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Martin J.C. Gemert

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Optical-Thermal Response of Laser-Irradiated Tissue

  • Editors: Ashley J. Welch, Martin J.C. Gemert

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  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Astronomy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-0449-4Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-90-481-8831-4Published: 15 January 2011

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 958

  • Topics: Physics, general, Biomedicine general

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