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Improving the image quality of photoacoustic tomography (PAT) by using a negative acoustic lens
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Paper Abstract

Although a small point ultrasound transducer has a wide acceptance angle, its signal-to-noise (SNR) is low due to the high thermal-noise-induced electric voltages in the transducer, which is a result of its small active area. By contrast, a finite size flat transducer has high sensitivity (good SNR), but the acceptance angle is generally small, which limits its application in reconstruction-based photoacoustic tomography (PAT). In this paper, we report a negative lens concept to increase the acceptance angle for a flat transducer. We also provide phantom experiments that demonstrate this concept can greatly increase the detection region for PAT and without losing sensitivity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6856, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2008: The Ninth Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics, 685623 (28 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.763533
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Changhui Li, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Geng Ku, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Lihong V. Wang, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6856:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2008: The Ninth Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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