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Published February 23, 2012 | Published
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Photoacoustic speckles: boundary dependence and experimental validation


Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) suppresses speckles by prominent boundary buildups. We theoretically study the dependence of PAT speckles on the boundary roughness, which is quantified by the root-mean-squared (RMS) value and the correlation length of the height. The speckle visibility and the correlation coefficient between the reconstructed and actual boundaries are quantified as a function of the boundary roughness. The statistics of PAT speckles is studied experimentally.

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© 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The authors would like to thank Li Li, Yan Liu, and Alejandro Garcia-Uribe for their helpful discussions. This work has been supported in part by National Institutes of Health Grant Nos. R01 EB000712, R01 EB008085, R01 CA134539, R01 CA157277, R01 EB010049, and U54 CA136398. L.W. has a financial interest in Microphotoacoustics, Inc. and Endra, Inc., which, however, did not support this work.

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