Patil, Chetan Appasaheb; Pleshko, Nancy; Tuzel, Erkan; Fang, Qianqian; Wright, William Geoffrey (Temple University. Libraries, 2020)
      Computational modeling of light-matter interactions is a valuable approach for simulating photon paths in highly scattering media such as biological tissues. Monte Carlo (MC) models are considered to be the gold standard of implementation and can offer insights into light flux, absorption, and emission through tissues. Monte Carlo modeling is a computationally intensive approach, but this burden has been alleviated in recent years due to the parallelizable nature of the algorithm and the recent implementation of graphics processing unit (GPU) acceleration. Despite impressive translational applications, the relatively recent emergence of GPU-based acceleration of MC models can still be utilized to address some pressing challenges in biomedical optics beyond DOT and PDT. The overarching goal of the current dissertation is to advance the applications and abilities of GPU accelerated MC models to include low-cost devices and model Raman scattering phenomena as they relate to clinical diagnoses. The massive increase in computational capacity afforded by GPU acceleration dramatically reduces the time necessary to model and optimize optical detection systems over a wide range of real-world scenarios. Specifically, the development of simplified optical devices to meet diagnostic challenges in low-resource settings is an emerging area of interest in which the use of MC modeling to better inform device design has not yet been widely reported. In this dissertation, GPU accelerated MC modeling is utilized to guide the development of a mobile phone-based approach for diagnosing neonatal jaundice. Increased computational capacity makes the incorporation of less common optical phenomena such as Raman scattering feasible in realistic time frames. Previous Raman scattering MC models were simplistic by necessity. As a result, it was either challenging or impractical to adequately include model parameters relevant to guiding clinical translation. This dissertation develops a Raman scattering MC model and validates it in biological tissues. The high computational capacity of a GPU-accelerated model can be used to dramatically decrease the model’s grid size and potentially provide an understanding of measured signals in Raman spectroscopy that span multiple orders of magnitude in spatial scale. In this dissertation, a GPU-accelerated Raman scattering MC model is used to inform clinical measurements of millimeter-scale bulk tissue specimens based on Raman microscopy images. The current study further develops the MC model as a tool for designing diffuse detection systems and expands the ability to use the MC model in Raman scattering in biological tissues.