19 February 2018 Spatial-impulse-response-dependent back-projection using the non-stationary convolution in optoacoustic mesoscopy
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Photoacoustic mesoscopy (PAMe), offering high-resolution (sub-100-μm) and high optical contrast imaging at the depth of 1-10 mm, generally obtains massive collection data using a high-frequency focused ultrasonic transducer. The spatial impulse response (SIR) of this focused transducer causes the distortion of measured signals in both duration and amplitude. Thus, the reconstruction method considering the SIR needs to be investigated in the computation-economic way for PAMe. Here, we present a modified back-projection algorithm, by introducing a SIR-dependent calibration process using a non-satationary convolution method. The proposed method is performed on numerical simulations and phantom experiments of microspheres with diameter of both 50 μm and 100 μm, and the improvement of image fidelity of this method is proved to be evident by methodology parameters. The results demonstrate that, the images reconstructed when the SIR of transducer is accounted for have higher contrast-to-noise ratio and more reasonable spatial resolution, compared to the common back-projection algorithm.
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Tong Lu, Tong Lu, Yihan Wang, Yihan Wang, Feng Gao, Feng Gao, Huijuan Zhao, Huijuan Zhao, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Jiao Li, Jiao Li, } "Spatial-impulse-response-dependent back-projection using the non-stationary convolution in optoacoustic mesoscopy", Proc. SPIE 10494, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2018, 104943R (19 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2290000; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2290000

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