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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Comparison of photoacoustic image reconstruction algorithms using the channelized Hotelling observer
Author(s): Adam Petschke; Patrick J. La Rivière

Paper Abstract

We demonstrate the use of task-based image-quality metrics to compare various photoacoustic image-reconstruction algorithms, including a method based on the pseudoinverse of the system matrix, simple backprojection, filtered backprojection, and a method based on the Fourier transform. We use a three-dimensional forward model with a linear transducer array to simulate a photoacoustic imaging system. The reconstructed images correspond with two-dimensional slices of the object and are 128×128  pixels . In order to compare the algorithms, we use channelized Hotelling observers that predict the detection ability of human observers. We use two sets of channels: constant Q [/i] and difference of Gaussian spatial frequency channels. We look at three tasks, identification of a point source in a uniform background, identification of a 0.5-mm cube in a uniform background, and identification of a point source in a lumpy background. For the lumpy background task, which is the most realistic of the tasks, the method based on the pseudoinverse performs best according to both sets of channels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 February 2013
PDF: 7 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 18(2) 026009 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.2.026009
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 18, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Adam Petschke, The Univ. of Chicago Medical Ctr. (United States)
Patrick J. La Rivière, The Univ. of Chicago Medical Ctr. (United States)

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