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Published March 3, 2014 | Published
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Broadening the detection view of high-frequency linear-array-based photoacoustic computed tomography by using planar acoustic reflectors


Photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT) with a linear transducer array suffers from limited detection view. To increase the detection aperture, it is possible to circularly scan the linear transducer array around the object at the expense of imaging speed. Here we propose an alternative method to double or triple the detection view angle without sacrificing the imaging speed. By using a planar acoustic reflector which creates a virtual linear transducer array, the detection view angle is doubled. Similarly, by using two planar acoustic reflectors placed at 120 degrees to each other, we can form two virtual linear transducer arrays, and the detection view angle is tripled. This paper comparatively studies the two cases. We found that the planar acoustic reflectors greatly increase the detection aperture and thus significantly enhance the image quality of linear-array-base PACT systems.

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© 2014 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. This work was sponsored by National Institute of Health (NIH) grants DP1 EB016986 (NIH Director's Pioneer Award), R01 CA186567 (NIH Director's Transformative Research Award), R01 EB016963, R01 CA134539, R01 EB010049, R01 CA159959 and 1S10RR026922-01. L.W. has a financial interest in Microphotoacoustics, Inc. and Endra, Inc., which, however, did not support this work. K.M. has a financial interest in Microphotoacoustics, Inc., which did not support this work.

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