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Elucidation of 2D and 3D photoacoustic tomography
Author(s): Kun Wang; Jin Zhang; Mark A. Anastasio
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Paper Abstract

Photoacoustic tomography (PAT), also known as thermoacoustic or optoacoustic tomography, is a hybrid imaging modality that reconstructs the electromagnetic absorption properties of biological tissue from knowledge of acoustic signals produced by the thermoacoustic effect. Because the propagation of acoustic signals is most generally described by the 3D wave equation, PAT is an inherently 3D imaging modality. Due to the the limited penetration depth of the probing electromagnetic fields and the limited availability of 3D ultrasound detector arrays, a simplified two-dimensional (2D) PAT measurement geometry is used in many current experimental implementations. However, in this case, when unfocused transducers are employed, the acquired data are not sufficient to invert the 3D imaging model and ad hoc reconstruction procedures are employed. In this work we numerically investigate 2D and 3D PAT assuming an ultrasound transducer having an anisotropic detection response. The uncompensated effects of an anisotropic detection response on images reconstructed using a point-detector assumption are demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6856, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2008: The Ninth Conference on Biomedical Thermoacoustics, Optoacoustics, and Acousto-optics, 68561E (28 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.764157
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Kun Wang, Illinois Institute of Technology (United States)
Jin Zhang, Illinois Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark A. Anastasio, Illinois Institute of Technology (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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