Optoacoustic tomography can be applied into medical imaging, which can detect the light absorption distribution of
target hidden inside scattering media. When a short laser pulse illuminates the optical turbid media, such as biological
tissue, the media will generate ultrasound pulses, which is linearly proportional to the optical absorption of the media.
The acoustic pressure distribution can be imaged with an acoustic lens. Similar to an optically imaging system, the
optoacoustic signals from a plane in tissue require the same delay time to reach a detecting plane. While the optoacoustic
signals from different planes in media require different delay time to reach an image plane. A BOXCAR was used to go
on with the same delay-time, and a 64-element linear transducer array was one-dimensional scanned on an imaging plane,
and thus the acoustic pressure distribution was acquired. The signals were recorded and reconstructed by a computer. By
scanning the sampling gate of BOXCAR, the optoacoustic images of different planes in media could be obtained. The
experimental result indicates that the system is able to obtain optoacoustic tomography images of targets hidden optical
turbid media, and the reconstructed images agree well with the original samples. The results show that the lateral
resolution is about 5mm and the axial resolution is about 1.5mm.