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Finite element approximation of the Fokker-Planck equation for diffuse optical tomography

Lehtikangas, O; Tarvainen, T; Kolehmainen, V; Pulkkinen, A; Arridge, SR; Kaipio, JP; (2010) Finite element approximation of the Fokker-Planck equation for diffuse optical tomography. J QUANT SPECTROSC RA , 111 (10) 1406 - 1417. 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2010.03.003.

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Abstract

In diffuse optical tomography, light transport theory is used to describe photon propagation inside turbid medium. A commonly used simplification for the radiative transport equation is the diffusion approximation due to computational feasibility. However, it is known that the diffusion approximation is not valid close to the sources and boundary and in low-scattering regions. Fokker-Planck equation describes light propagation when scattering is forward-peaked. In this article a numerical solution of the Fokker-Planck equation using finite element method is developed Approach is validated against Monte Carlo simulation and compared with the diffusion approximation. The results show that the Fokker-Planck equation gives equal or better results than the diffusion approximation on the boundary of a homogeneous medium and in turbid medium containing a low-scattering region when scattering is forward-peaked. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type:Article
Title:Finite element approximation of the Fokker-Planck equation for diffuse optical tomography
DOI:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2010.03.003
Keywords:Diffuse optical tomography, Finite element method, Fokker-Planck equation, Inverse problems, LIGHT-PROPAGATION, RADIATIVE-TRANSFER, BIOLOGICAL TISSUE, TRANSPORT, SCATTERING, BOUNDARY, MODEL
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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