Acoustic-speed correction of photoacoustic tomography by ultrasonic computed tomography based on optical excitation of elements of a full-ring transducer array

Jun Xia, Chao Huang, Konstantin Maslov, Mark A. Anastasio, Lihong V. Wang

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Abstract

Photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT) is a hybrid technique that combines optical excitation and ultrasonic detection to provide high resolution images in deep tissues. In the image reconstruction, a constant speed of sound (SOS) is normally assumed. This assumption, however, is often not strictly satisfied in deep tissue imaging, due to acoustic heterogeneities within the object and between the object and coupling medium. If these heterogeneities are not accounted for, they will cause distortions and artifacts in the reconstructed images. In this paper, we incorporated ultrasonic computed tomography (USCT), which measures the SOS distribution within the object, into our full-ring array PACT system. Without the need for ultrasonic transmitting electronics, USCT was performed using the same laser beam as for PACT measurement. By scanning the laser beam on the array surface, we can sequentially fire different elements. As a first demonstration of the system, we studied the effect of acoustic heterogeneities on photoacoustic vascular imaging. We verified that constant SOS is a reasonable approximation when the SOS variation is small. When the variation is large, distortion will be observed in the periphery of the object, especially in the tangential direction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhotons Plus Ultrasound
Subtitle of host publicationImaging and Sensing 2014
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Print)9780819498564
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventPhotons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2014 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 2 2014Feb 5 2014

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume8943
ISSN (Print)1605-7422

Other

OtherPhotons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period2/2/142/5/14

Keywords

  • Image reconstruction
  • Photoacoustic computed tomography
  • Speed of sound
  • Ultrasound computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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