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High-resolution photoacoustic vascular imaging in vivo using a large-aperture acoustic lens
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Paper Abstract

Reflection-mode photoacoustic microscopy with dark-field laser pulse illumination and high frequency ultrasonic detection is used to non-invasively image blood vessels in the skin in vivo. Dark-field illumination minimizes the interference caused by strong photoacoustic signals from superficial structures. A high numerical-aperture acoustic lens provides high lateral resolution, 45-120 micrometers in this system while a broadband ultrasonic detection system provides high axial resolution, estimated to be ~15-20 micrometers. The optical illumination and ultrasonic detection are in a coaxial confocal configuration for optimal image quality. The system is capable of imaging optical-absorption contrast at up to 3 mm depth in biological tissue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 April 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5697, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2005: The Sixth Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics, (25 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.590558
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Konstantin Maslov, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Lihong V. Wang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5697:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2005: The Sixth Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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