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Published March 3, 2014 | Published
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Low-rank matrix estimation-based spatio-temporal image reconstruction for dynamic photoacoustic computed tomography


In order to monitor dynamic physiological events in near-real time, a variety of photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT) systems have been developed that can rapidly acquire data. Previously reported studies of dynamic PACT have employed conventional static methods to reconstruct a temporally ordered sequence of images on a frame-by-frame basis. Frame-by-frame image reconstruction (FBFIR) methods fail to exploit correlations between data frames and are known to be statistically and computationally suboptimal. In this study, a low-rank matrix estimation-based spatio-temporal image reconstruction (LRME-STIR) method is investigated for dynamic PACT applications. The LRME-STIR method is based on the observation that, in many PACT applications, the number of frames is much greater than the rank of the ideal noiseless data matrix. Using computer-simulated photoacoustic data, the performance of the LRME-STIR method is compared with that of conventional FBFIR method. The results demonstrate that LRME-STIR method is not only computationally more efficient but also produces more accurate dynamic PACT images than a conventional FBFIR method.

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© 2014 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. This work was supported in part by NIH awards EB016963, EB010049, and CA167446. K. W. would also like to thank Dr. Robert W. Schoonover for useful discussions.

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