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ISRN Biomedical Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 464293, 8 pages
Review Article

Mathematical Methods in Biomedical Optics

Academic Center of Optical Engineering and Photonics, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 313 Splaiul Independentei, 060042 Bucharest, Romania

Received 13 August 2013; Accepted 10 September 2013

Academic Editors: O. Baffa and X. Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Macaveiu Gabriela. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a review of the phenomena regarding light-tissue interactions, especially absorption and scattering. The most important mathematical approaches for modeling the light transport in tissues and their domain of application: “first-order scattering,” “Kubelka-Munk theory,” “diffusion approximation,” “Monte Carlo simulation,” “inverse adding-doubling” and “finite element method” are briefly described.