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SNR-enhanced fiber-laser ultrasound sensors for photoacoustic tomography*
Author(s): Yizhi Liang; Long Jin; Jun Ma; Lidai Wang
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Paper Abstract

Optical detection of ultrasound for photoacoustic imaging has received great interest. Recently, we have developed a new fiber-optic ultrasound sensor by exploiting dual-polarization fiber laser. It offers high sensitivity (40 Pa over 50 MHz) as well as good stability as a result of the self-heterodyning detection. In this work, the signal-to-noise ratio has been enhanced by suppressing the noise of the ultrasound sensing system via signal averaging. As a result of multiple measurements of a single photoacoustic signal, the total noise was reduced by 40%. With the enhanced detection capability, the sensors have been deployed as photoacoustic probes in different imaging modalities. We demonstrate fastscanning photoacoustic microscopy with a field-of-view 2×2 mm2, a frame rate of 2 Hz to visualize the blood flow dynamics. By bending the flexible fiber optic sensor for geometrical focusing, PACT was realized to image a mouse brain with a spatial resolution of 70 μm. An all-fiber photoacoustic endoscope was built to in vivo image the vascular network of a rat rectum, with a lateral resolution of 10 μm, with a 2.3-mm probe diameter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2020
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 11240, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2020, 112400S (17 February 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2542925
Show Author Affiliations
Yizhi Liang, Jinan Univ. (China)
Long Jin, Jinan Univ. (China)
Jun Ma, Jinan Univ. (China)
Lidai Wang, City Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11240:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2020
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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