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- Modeling of light absorption in tissue during infrared neural stimulation
- Thompson, Alexander C.; Wade, Scott A.; Brown, William G. A.; Stoddart, Paul R.
- A Monte Carlo model has been developed to simulate light transport and absorption in neural tissue during infrared neural stimulation (INS). A range of fiber core sizes and numerical apertures are compared illustrating the advantages of using simulations when designing a light delivery system. A range of wavelengths, commonly used for INS, are also compared for stimulation of nerves in the cochlea, in terms of both the energy absorbed and the change in temperature due to a laser pulse. Modeling suggests that a fiber with core diameter of 200 μm and NA = 0.22 is optimal for optical stimulation in the geometry used and that temperature rises in the spiral ganglion neurons are as low as 0.1°C. The results show a need for more careful experimentation to allow different proposed mechanisms of INS to be distinguished.
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences
- Journal of Biomedical Optics, Vol. 17, no. 7 (Jul 2012), article no. 075002
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- 0205 Optical Physics; 0903 Biomedical Engineering; 1113 Ophthalmology and Optometry
- Cochlear implant; Laser; Monte Carlo; Optical stimulation; Simulations
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- Copyright © 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. This paper was originally published in Journal of Biomedical Optics (Vol. 17, no. 7), and is available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.17.7.075002. The published version is reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic electronic or print reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
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