1 October 2011 Integrated ultrasound and photoacoustic probe for co-registered intravascular imaging
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We report on the synergy of an integrated ultrasound (US) and photoacoustic (PA) probe system for intravascular imaging. The combined dual-modality probe is based on a 39 MHz ring-shaped US transducer which detects both US echoes and laser-generated PA signals. By combining optical fiber, US transducer, and micromirror, we can obtain intravascular cross-sectional B-scan images by internal illumination of the sample. The performance of the probe is evaluated in a phantom study. Moreover, the coaxially designed probe also provides co-registered US and PA images of a normal rabbit aorta, which demonstrates the imaging ability of the dual-functional system, implying future clinical applications.
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Wei Wei, Wei Wei, Zhongping Chen, Zhongping Chen, Xiang Li, Xiang Li, Qifa Zhou, Qifa Zhou, K. Kirk Shung, K. Kirk Shung, } "Integrated ultrasound and photoacoustic probe for co-registered intravascular imaging," Journal of Biomedical Optics 16(10), 106001 (1 October 2011). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3631798 . Submission:

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