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Published February 13, 2007 | Published
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A curved array photoacoustic tomography system for small animal imaging


We have developed and tested a photoacoustic imaging system based on a 128 element curved-phased ultrasonic array, which spans a quarter of a complete circle with a radius of curvature equal to 25mm. The center frequency of the array is 5 MHz with 60% bandwidth. The physical dimensions of the elements are 10x0.3mm (elevation x azimuth) with an elevation focus of 19mm. Earlier we reported acoustic measurements of the axial and lateral resolutions of the system that were limited by the impulse response of the narrowband source used in the test. In this paper we discuss photoacoustic characterization of the system including resolution and sensitivity. The array forms the building block for a 512-element ring designed for complete tomographic imaging of small animals. Imaging results of phantoms will be compared with simulations.

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© 2007 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). We acknowledge support from NIH R01 NS46214.

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