27 November 2013 Improving limited-view photoacoustic tomography with an acoustic reflector
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The versatility and real-time imaging capability of commercial linear array transducers make them widely used in clinical ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging. However, they often suffer from limited detection view. For instance, acoustic waves traveling at a grazing angle to the transducer surface are difficult to detect. In this letter, we propose a simple and easy approach to ameliorate this problem by using a 45-deg acoustic reflector. The reflector forms a virtual array that is perpendicular to the physical array, thereby doubling the detection coverage. The improvement in image quality in photoacoustic tomography was demonstrated through a hair phantom, a leaf skeleton phantom, and an ex vivo mouse ear experiment.
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Bin Huang, Jun Xia, Konstantin I. Maslov, Lihong V. Wang, "Improving limited-view photoacoustic tomography with an acoustic reflector," Journal of Biomedical Optics 18(11), 110505 (27 November 2013). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.18.11.110505 . Submission:
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