A wide range of dermatological diseases can be efficiently treated using laser heating. Nevertheless, before the new laser
is introduced into clinical practice, its parameters and ability to interact with human skin have to be carefully examined.
In order to do that optical skin phantoms can be used. Such phantoms closely imitate the scattering and absorption
properties of real human skin tissue along with its thermal properties, such as capacitance and conductivity specific heat.
We have fabricated a range of optical tissue phantoms based on polyvinylchloride-plastisol PVC-P with varying optical
properties, including the absorption, scattering and density of the matrix material. We have utilized a pre-clinical
dermatological laser system with a 975 nm diode laser module. A range of laser settings were tested, such as laser pulse
duration, laser power and number of pulses. We have studied laser irradiation efficiency on fabricated optical tissue
phantoms. Measurements of the temporal and spatial temperature distribution on the phantoms' surface were performed
using thermographic imaging. The comparison of results between tissues' and phantoms' optical and thermal response
prove that they can be used for approximate evaluation of laser heating efficiency. This study presents a viable approach
for calibration of dermatological lasers which can be utilized in practice.