13 February 2007 Optimal probe design for dual-modality breast imaging
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Abstract
Shallow breast lesions less than 1.0 cm deep are frequently seen in patients when they are scanned in a supine position by a hand-held combined ultrasound and optical probe. Reflection boundary condition is suitable for imaging shallow lesions, but it is not sensitive enough for imaging lesions deeper than 1.0 cm. The absorption boundary condition is more desirable for imaging deeper lesions. However, it is less sensitive to shallower lesions unless the optical sources are positioned right on top of the lesion which is unknown in general. To solve this problem, we have designed a new probe which incorporates three angled sources to improve the illumination of the shallow region underneath the co-registered ultrasound probe. Monte Carlo method is extended to include an absorber in the medium and used to evaluate the analytical results. Simulations have shown that the combination of tilted and peripherally located sources can improve reconstruction compared with the probe with no tilted sources. Phantom experiments agree with simulation results.
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Chen Xu, Chen Xu, Quing Zhu, Quing Zhu, } "Optimal probe design for dual-modality breast imaging", Proc. SPIE 6434, Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue VII, 64340B (13 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.702218; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.702218
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