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Published February 28, 2008 | Published
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Improving the image quality of photoacoustic tomography (PAT) by using a negative acoustic lens


Although a small point ultrasound transducer has a wide acceptance angle, its signal-to-noise (SNR) is low due to the high thermal-noise-induced electric voltages in the transducer, which is a result of its small active area. By contrast, a finite size flat transducer has high sensitivity (good SNR), but the acceptance angle is generally small, which limits its application in reconstruction-based photoacoustic tomography (PAT). In this paper, we report a negative lens concept to increase the acceptance angle for a flat transducer. We also provide phantom experiments that demonstrate this concept can greatly increase the detection region for PAT and without losing sensitivity.

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© 2008 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). This project was sponsored in part by National Institutes of Health Grant Nos. R01 NS46214 and R01 EB000712.

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