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Published February 13, 2007 | Published
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Boundary effects on image reconstruction in photoacoustic tomography


Exact photoacoustic tomography requires scanning over a 4π solid angle in 3D. The ultrasound detection window, however, is often limited, which makes a full scan impossible. For example, when a boundary lies closely to an object, the scanning region can cover only less than 4π in 3D. Because of incomplete information, the resolution, SNR, and fidelity of the resulting image deteriorate. Boundaries, however, can be used to our advantage; we proposed post-processing algorithms in image reconstruction to make partially scanned data complete. Here, we show the efficacy of the post-processing algorithms with both numerical and experimental results. Indeed, the algorithms can improve the resolution, SNR, and fidelity.

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© 2007 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). This project is sponsored by National Institutes of Health grants R01 EB000712 and R01 NS46214.

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