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19 July 2019 Photoacoustic computed tomography for joint reconstruction of initial pressure and sound speed in vivo using a feature coupling method
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Photoacoustic imaging relies on diffused photons for optical contrast, and diffracted ultrasound for high resolution. As a tomographic imaging modality, often times an inverse problem of acoustic diffraction needs to be solved to reconstruct a photoacoustic image. The inverse problem is complicated by the fact that the acoustic properties, including the speed of sound distribution, in the image field of view are unknown. During reconstruction, subtle changes of the speed of sound in the acoustic ray path may accumulate and give rise to noticeable blurring in the image. Thus, in addition to the ultrasound detection bandwidth, inaccurate acoustic modeling, especially the unawareness of the speed of sound, defines the image resolution and influences image quantification. Here, we proposed a method termed feature coupling to jointly reconstruct the speed of sound distribution and a photoacoustic image with improved sharpness, at no additional hardware cost. In vivo experiments demonstrated the effectiveness and reliability of our method.
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Chuangjian Cai, Xuanhao Wang, Kexin Deng, Jianwen Luo, and Cheng Ma "Photoacoustic computed tomography for joint reconstruction of initial pressure and sound speed in vivo using a feature coupling method", Proc. SPIE 11077, Opto-Acoustic Methods and Applications in Biophotonics IV, 110770D (19 July 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2531541
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