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Published November 1997 | public
Journal Article

CONV—convolution for responses to a finite diameter photon beam incident on multi-layered tissues


A convolution program (CONV) solving responses to a collimated finite diameter photon beam perpendicularly incident on a multi-layered tissue has been coded in ANSI Standard C, hence, the program can be executed on various computers. The program, employing an extended trapezoidal rule for integration, convolves the responses to an infinitely narrow photon beam computed by a companion program (MCML). Dynamic data allocation is used for CONV as well as MCML, therefore, the number of tissue layers and grid elements of the grid system can be varied at run time. The potential error due to not scoring the first photon-tissue interactions separately is illustrated. The program, including the source code, has been in the public domain since 1992 and can be downloaded from the web site at http://biomed.tamu.edu/~lw.

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© 1997 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Received 7 August 1996, Revised 27 February 1997, Accepted 21 April 1997, Available online 19 January 1998. This work was supported in part by a Whitaker Foundation grant RG94-0060 and National Institutes of Health grants R29-CA68562 and R29-HL45045.

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