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4 March 2013 Combined photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging of human breast in vivo in the mammographic geometry
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This photoacoustic volume imaging (PAVI) system is designed to study breast cancer detection and diagnosis in the mammographic geometry in combination with automated 3D ultrasound (AUS). The good penetration of near-infrared (NIR) light and high receiving sensitivity of a broad bandwidth, 572 element, 2D PVDF array at a low center-frequency of 1MHz were utilized with 20 channel simultaneous acquisition. The feasibility of this system in imaging optically absorbing objects in deep breast tissues was assessed first through experiments on ex vivo whole breasts. The blood filled pseudo lesions were imaged at depths up to 49 mm in the specimens. In vivo imaging of human breasts has been conducted. 3D PAVI image stacks of human breasts were coregistered and compared with 3D ultrasound image stacks of the same breasts. Using the designed system, PAVI shows satisfactory imaging depth and sensitivity for coverage of the entire breast when imaged from both sides with mild compression in the mammographic geometry. With its unique soft tissue contrast and excellent sensitivity to the tissue hemodynamic properties of fractional blood volume and blood oxygenation, PAVI, as a complement to 3D ultrasound and digital tomosynthesis mammography, might well contribute to detection, diagnosis and prognosis for breast cancer.
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Zhixing Xie, Won-Mean Lee, Fong Ming Hooi, J. Brian Fowlkes, Renee W. Pinsky, Dean Mueller, Xueding Wang, and Paul L. Carson "Combined photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging of human breast in vivo in the mammographic geometry", Proc. SPIE 8581, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2013, 85813D (4 March 2013);

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