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Virtual-detector synthetic aperture focusing technique with application in in vivo photoacoustic microscopy
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Paper Abstract

In this study, we introduce a synthetic aperture focusing technique which employs a virtual detector concept, combined with coherence weighting, to extend the depth of focus for an in-vivo photoacoustic microscopy system. This technique treats the transducer's focal point as a virtual point detector of photoacoustic signals, delays adjacent scan lines relative to the virtual detector, and then sums the delayed signals to achieve focusing in the out-of-focus region. In addition, a coherence factor among the delayed signals for each synthesized imaging point is used as a weighting factor to further improve the focusing quality. Images of an Intralipid phantom containing a carbon fiber show how this technique improves the -6 dB lateral resolution from 49-379 μm to 46-53 μm and increases the SNR by 0-29 dB, depending on the distance from the ultrasonic focal point. In vivo experiments show that this technique also provides a clearer tumorassociated angiogenesis in the mouse's scalp. The extended depth of focus for the photoacoustic microscopy system enables 3D reconstruction of the vascular network for the study of tumor angiogenesis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6086, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2006: The Seventh Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics, 60861F (6 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.645115
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Meng-Lin Li, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Hao F. Zhang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Konstantin Maslov, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
George Stoica, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Lihong V. Wang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6086:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2006: The Seventh Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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