3 March 2017 Estimation and uncertainty quantification of optical properties directly from the photoacoustic time series
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Quantitative photoacoustic tomography seeks to estimate the optical parameters of a target given photoacoustic measurements as a data. Conventionally the problem is split into two steps: 1) the acoustical inverse problem of estimating the acoustic initial pressure distribution from the acoustical time series data; 2) the optical inverse problem of estimating the optical absorption and scattering from the initial pressure distributions. In this work, an approach for estimating the optical absorption and scattering directly from the acoustical time series is investigated with simulations. The work combines a homogeneous acoustical forward model, based on the Green's function solution of the wave equation, and a finite element method based diffusion approximation model of light propagation into a single forward model. This model maps the optical parameters of interest into a time domain signal. The model is used with a Bayesian approach to ill-posed inverse problems to form estimates of the posterior distributions for the parameters of interest. In addition to being able to provide point estimates of the parameters of interest, i.e. reconstruct the absorption and scattering distributions, the approach can be used to derive information on the uncertainty associated with the estimates.
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Aki Pulkkinen, Ben T. Cox, Simon R. Arridge, Jari P. Kaipio, Tanja Tarvainen, "Estimation and uncertainty quantification of optical properties directly from the photoacoustic time series", Proc. SPIE 10064, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2017, 100643N (3 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2248837; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2248837
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