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A scanned beam THz imaging system for medical applications
Author(s): Zachary D. Taylor; Wenzao Li; Jon Suen; Priyamvada Tewari; David Bennett; Neha Bajwa; Elliott Brown; Martin Culjat; Warren Grundfest; Rahul Singh
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Paper Abstract

THz medical imaging has been a topic of increased interest recently due largely to improvements in source and detector technology and the identification of suitable applications. One aspect of THz medical imaging research not often adequately addressed is pixel acquisition rate and phenomenology. The majority of active THz imaging systems use translation stages to raster scan a sample beneath a fixed THz beam. While these techniques have produced high resolution images of characterization targets and animal models they do not scale well to human imaging where clinicians are unwilling to place patients on large translation stages. This paper presents a scanned beam THz imaging system that can acquire a 1 cm2 area with 1 mm2 pixels and a per-pixel SNR of 40 dB in less than 5 seconds. The system translates a focused THz beam across a stationary target using a spinning polygonal mirror and HDPE objective lens. The illumination is centered at 525 GHz with ~ 125 GHz of response normalized bandwidth and the component layout is designed to optically co-locate the stationary source and detector ensuring normal incidence across a 50 mm × 50 mm field of view at standoff of 190 mm. Component characterization and images of a test target are presented. These results are some of the first ever reported for a short standoff, high resolution, scanned beam THz imaging system and represent an important step forward for practical integration of THz medical imaging where fast image acquisition times and stationary targets (patients) are requisite.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8119, Terahertz Emitters, Receivers, and Applications II, 811906 (17 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894362
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Zachary D. Taylor, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Wenzao Li, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Jon Suen, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Priyamvada Tewari, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
David Bennett, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Neha Bajwa, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Elliott Brown, Wright State Univ. (United States)
Martin Culjat, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Warren Grundfest, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Rahul Singh, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8119:
Terahertz Emitters, Receivers, and Applications II
Manijeh Razeghi; Nicolas Péré-Laperne; Henry O. Everitt; John M. Zavada; Tariq Manzur, Editor(s)

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