||Visualization of photoacoustic images in a limited-View measuring system using eigenvalues of a photoacoustic transmission matrix
Abe, HiroshiShiina, Tsuyoshi
7 , 2017-12 , Elsevier GmbH
Photoacoustic imaging is a unique imaging method that involves extracting information from points at different depths, an advantage of ultrasound imaging, while maintaining functional information, a key feature of conventional photo imaging. This makes it easy to add functional images to ultrasound images by adding a laser pulse source to the conventional ultrasound imaging device and detecting a photo-ultrasound signal via a conventional ultrasound probe. One challenge when using normal one-dimensional (1D) probes and generating photoacoustic images is the limited-view problem, in which artefacts are observed due to the positions of the ultrasound transducers. In this study, we used a photoacoustic transmission matrix (PA-TM) for simulation and performed a verification test using a 1D probe and a phantom. The results confirmed that the eigenvalues of the PA-TM visualized the light absorber itself in the limited-view measurement system, which eliminates reconstruction artefacts and further scattering artefacts, and that visualization is possible by signal intensity amplification through further phase modulation.