Models and measurements of light intensity changes ...
|Title||Models and measurements of light intensity changes during laser interstitial thermal therapy: implications for optical monitoring of the coagulation boundary location|
|Author(s)||L. Chin, W. Whelan, I. Vitkin|
|Journal||Physics in Medicine and Biology|
|Abstract||We have developed a multi-region spherical Monte Carlo (MC) model to simulate the dynamic changes in light intensity measured during laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT). Model predictions were validated experimentally in tissue-simulating albumen phantoms with well-characterized optical properties that vary dynamically with LITT in a way similar to tissue. For long treatments (2.5 W, similar to1800 s), the transient light intensity changes demonstrated better qualitative agreement with a three-region MC model (with an inner layer of fully coagulated optical properties, a middle layer of partially coagulated properties and an outer region of native properties); for short treatments (4 W, similar to240 s), better qualitative agreement was seen with a two-region MC model (with an inner layer of fully coagulated properties and outer region of native properties). These differences were attributed to differences in coagulation formation during low- and high-powered heating regimes, respectively. At the end of heating, a three-region coagulation zone was observed for both heating schemes. Quantitatively, final light intensity changes at the end of heating were compared with changes predicted by both two- and three-region MC for the same experimentally measured coagulation size and found to agree within similar to30% for both models. The developed MC model helps lend insight into the nature of thermal coagulation events occurring for low and high power LITT irradiation schemes.|
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