Light Propagation in Tissues with Forward-Peaked and Large-Angle Scattering Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2008

start page

  • 2599

end page

  • 2609


  • 14


  • 47

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1559-128X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2155-3165


  • We study light propagation in tissues using the theory of radiative transport. In particular, we study the case in which there is both forward-peaked and large-angle scattering. Because this combination of the forward-peaked and large-angle scattering makes it difficult to solve the radiative transport equation, we present a method to construct approximations to study this problem. The delta-Eddington and Fokker-Planck approximations are special cases of this general framework. Using this approximation method, we derive two new approximations: the Fokker-Planck-Eddington approximation and the generalized Fokker-Planck-Eddington approximation. By computing the transmittance and reflectance of light by a slab we study the performance of these approximations.