Abstract

Tissue samples ranging from 2 to 16 mm in thickness were irradiated at 1064 nm with energies ranging from 40 to 2400 J. Coagulation lesions of in vitro and in vivo experiments were subjected to temperature profiling and submitted for histology. Irreversible damage was calculated with the damage integral formalism, following the bioheat equation solved with Monte Carlo computer light-distribution simulations. Numerical temperature rise and coagulation depth compared well with the in vitro results. The in vivo data required a change in the optical properties based on integrating sphere measurements for high irradiance to make the experimental and numerical data converge. The computer model has successfully solved several light–tissue interaction situations in which scattering dominates over absorption.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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