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14 June 2013 Simultaneous three-dimensional laser-ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging
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A purely optical setup for simultaneous photoacoustic (PA) and laser-ultrasound (US) tomography is presented. It is shown that combined imaging can be achieved by using the same laser pulse for photoacoustic generation and for launching a broadband ultrasound pulse from an optically absorbing target. Detection of the laser-generated plane waves that have been scattered at the imaging object and of the photoacoustic signals emitted from the sample is done interferometrically. This way data for PA and US imaging are acquired within one single measurement. Distinction between the signals is possible due to their different times of flight. After data separation, image reconstruction is done using standard back-projection algorithms. The resolution of the setup was estimated and images of a zebra fish are shown, demonstrating the complementary information of the two imaging modalities.
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Gerhild Wurzinger, Robert Nuster, Nicole Schmitner, Sibylle Gratt, and Günther Paltauf "Simultaneous three-dimensional laser-ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging", Proc. SPIE 8800, Opto-Acoustic Methods and Applications, 880005 (14 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2032959;

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