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4 March 2013 Design of a rotational ultrasound guided diffuse optical tomography system for whole breast imaging
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This study focuses on a multimodal imaging technique that integrates both structural and functional information using a priori ultrasound (US) information to assist near-infrared (NIR) diffuse optical tomography (DOT). Up to date, handheld systems that integrates DOT and US have been demonstrated. Our system is designed to be fully-automated and non-contact. Our aim is to build an interface, in which the optical source and detector fibers will rotate around the breast together with the US transducer. However, in this study we built a prototype system, which rotated the phantom and kept the transducers stationary for simplicity. Simulation and experimental studies were performed using a variety of sourcedetector configurations. The reconstruction results were compared with and without US a priori information. To collect the a priori US information, the multi-modality agar phantom was rotated 360° using a computer controlled rotational stage. The multi-modality phantom had an inclusion that had both optical absorption and US contrast. 360 US images were collected in 1° increments covering the entire phantom volume. The DOT data was also collected while the phantom is rotated with particular source-detector configurations. These results have shown that when the detectors were π /8 apart, and the phantom is rotating at π /16 increments with a total of 32 views provide the optimum image reconstruction. As expected, US a priori information further improved the quantification accuracy.
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Zixin Deng, Yuting Lin, Kenji Ikemura, Michael Tseng, Yu-Wen Chan, and Gultekin Gulsen "Design of a rotational ultrasound guided diffuse optical tomography system for whole breast imaging", Proc. SPIE 8581, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2013, 85813P (4 March 2013);

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