1 July 2010 Effect of ultrasound transducer face reflectivity on the light fluence inside a turbid medium in photoacoustic imaging
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Many endoscopic, intravascular, and transvaginal applications require light to be delivered through optical fibers in a reflection mode. For photoacoustic imaging in reflection geometry, the front-face reflectivity of the ultrasound transducer face imposes a boundary condition that affects the light fluence and its distribution inside a turbid medium. Understanding and characterizing this boundary condition is critical for maximizing tissue illumination and therefore the signal-to-noise ratio of the photoacoustic signal. We systematically analyze the light fluence under three typical commercial transducer faces having reflection coefficients of 1.4, 18, and 28%, and compare the results to a transducer face with 60% coefficient at the laser wavelength of 750 nm. Monte Carlo simulations and experimental results show that light fluence and distribution obtained inside a turbid medium with the use of the 60% reflection coefficient transducer face has a significant improvement over the others, especially at shallower depths.
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Behnoosh Tavakoli, Behnoosh Tavakoli, Patrick Dzifanu Kumavor, Patrick Dzifanu Kumavor, Andres Aguirre, Andres Aguirre, Quing Zhu, Quing Zhu, } "Effect of ultrasound transducer face reflectivity on the light fluence inside a turbid medium in photoacoustic imaging," Journal of Biomedical Optics 15(4), 046003 (1 July 2010). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3462930 . Submission:
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