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Using high-power light emitting diodes for photoacoustic imaging
Author(s): René Skov Hansen
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Paper Abstract

Photoacoustic imaging will become an important supplement to conventional ultrasound imaging. However, the equipment needed is still too delicate to bring this technique into the daily clinical work. The pulsed light source is the area of interest in the present report. Usually, large and costly laser systems are used to provide high-energy light pulses with a chosen wavelength. Pulsed semiconductor lasers have been demonstrated as a possible alternative light source for the photoacoustic imaging purpose. As an alternative to laser sources, the preliminary result of using a pulsed high-power light emitting diode, LED, for photoacoustic imaging is presented here. The pulsed light source is created from a Luxeon LXHL_PD09 red LED (250mW optical output power at 1 Amp current). The LED is supplied with current pulses 60ns wide and 40A peak. The LED delivers 60ns light pulses with approximately 6W peak power. The phantom used consists of a thin stripe (3mm high x 5mm wide) of green colored gelatin overlaid by a 3cm layer of un-colored gelatin. The light pulses from the LED are collected by a lens system and focused on the green gelatin from beneath the sample. The acoustic response from the green gelatin is detected with a single focused transducer on the upper surface of the 3cm thick colorless gelatin layer. The response is clearly observed when the measurement is taken as an average of 50,000 pulses. Is it concluded that despite the relatively low pulse power, for some purposes, a combination of of LED's could be a candidate for an inexpensive light source.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7968, Medical Imaging 2011: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy, 79680A (25 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876516
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René Skov Hansen, Institute of Sensors, Signals and Electrotechnics, Univ. of Southern Denmark (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7968:
Medical Imaging 2011: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy
Jan D'hooge; Marvin M. Doyley, Editor(s)

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