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11 March 2015 A new approach to depict bone surfaces in finger imaging using photoacoustic tomography
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Imaging the vasculature close around the finger joints is of interest in the field of rheumatology. Locally increased vasculature in the synovial membrane of these joints can be a marker for rheumatoid arthritis. In previous work we showed that part of the photoacoustically induced ultrasound from the epidermis reflects on the bone surface within the finger. These reflected signals could be wrongly interpreted as new photoacoustic sources. In this work we show that a conventional ultrasound reconstruction algorithm, that considers the skin as a collection of ultrasound transmitters and the PA tomography probe as the detector array, can be used to delineate bone surfaces of a finger. This can in the future assist in the localization of the joint gaps. This can provide us with a landmark to localize the region of the inflamed synovial membrane. We test the approach on finger mimicking phantoms.
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S. K. Biswas, P. van Es, W. Steenbergen, and Srirang Manohar "A new approach to depict bone surfaces in finger imaging using photoacoustic tomography", Proc. SPIE 9323, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2015, 932322 (11 March 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2078703
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