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A computational simulation of reflector and tube effects in ultraviolet phototherapy.
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PMID:  23022746     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
While ultraviolet phototherapy is effective at treating a wide range of skin conditions, over exposure to ultraviolet radiation has a number of detrimental effects including but not limited to erythema, ocular damage and even oncogenesis. It is therefore important to quantify and control the dose received in order to maximize the effectiveness of treatment while minimizing the potentially damaging side effects. Recent dose models have been developed for this purpose, incorporating both the irradiance from the phototherapy lamps and the contributions from metallic reflectors. These models have good predictive power, but the situation is complicated by the huge variety of cabin and mirror geometries available. This work simulates a variety of possible treatment configurations to examine the implications these factors have on dose homogeneity and global irradiance, and shows that the relationship between global irradiance and number of tubes is complex and nonlinear. This has implications for both cabin design and treatment planning.
David Robert Grimes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physics in medicine and biology     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1361-6560     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Med Biol     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401220     Medline TA:  Phys Med Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  6661-6670     Citation Subset:  -    
School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland.
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