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Characterization of photoacoustic tomography system with dual illumination
Author(s): Kazuhiko Fukutani; Yasuhiro Someda; Masakazu Taku; Yasufumi Asao; Shuichi Kobayashi; Takayuki Yagi; Makoto Yamakawa; Tsuyoshi Shiina; Tomoharu Sugie; Masakazu Toi
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Paper Abstract

In this study, we characterized a newly developed imaging system, "dual illumination mode photoacoustic tomography (PAT) system". The PAT system can simultaneously or separately illuminate biological tissues from a forward and backward direction toward an array transducer. The shape of the custom-made transducer is rectangular, which allows direct illumination of tissue surfaces in front of the array transducer through a holding plate from the backward direction. The transducer frequency was designed at 1 MHz by considering the trade-off relationship between ultrasound attenuation and image resolution. A Ti:Sa laser optically pumped with a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, having a tunable wavelength of 700 to 900 nm, was chosen for deep light penetration in tissues. The laser light was sufficiently expanded and homogenized to keep the level of laser-pulse fluence on the sample surface under the ANSI safety limit. System performance was tested with phantoms. The results of our study showed that the system visualized all the absorbers embedded in a 50-mm-thick tissue-mimicking phantom with a lateral resolution of 2~3 mm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7899, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2011, 78992J (18 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.873690
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Kazuhiko Fukutani, Canon Inc. (Japan)
Yasuhiro Someda, Canon Inc. (Japan)
Masakazu Taku, Canon Inc. (Japan)
Yasufumi Asao, Canon Inc. (Japan)
Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Shuichi Kobayashi, Canon Inc. (Japan)
Takayuki Yagi, Canon Inc. (Japan)
Makoto Yamakawa, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Tsuyoshi Shiina, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Tomoharu Sugie, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Masakazu Toi, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7899:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2011
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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