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Published December 2015 | Accepted Version + Submitted
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A Constrained Variable Projection Reconstruction Method for Photoacoustic Computed Tomography Without Accurate Knowledge of Transducer Responses


Photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT) is an emerging computed imaging modality that exploits optical contrast and ultrasonic detection principles to form images of the absorbed optical energy density within tissue. When the imaging system employs conventional piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers, the ideal photoacoustic (PA) signals are degraded by the transducers' acousto-electric impulse responses (EIRs) during the measurement process. If unaccounted for, this can degrade the accuracy of the reconstructed image. In principle, the effect of the EIRs on the measured PA signals can be ameliorated via deconvolution; images can be reconstructed subsequently by application of a reconstruction method that assumes an idealized EIR. Alternatively, the effect of the EIR can be incorporated into an imaging model and implicitly compensated for during reconstruction. In either case, the efficacy of the correction can be limited by errors in the assumed EIRs. In this work, a joint optimization approach to PACT image reconstruction is proposed for mitigating errors in reconstructed images that are caused by use of an inaccurate EIR. The method exploits the bi-linear nature of the imaging model and seeks to refine the measured EIR during the process of reconstructing the sought-after absorbed optical energy density. Computer-simulation and experimental studies are conducted to investigate the numerical properties of the method and demonstrate its value for mitigating image distortions and enhancing the visibility of fine structures.

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© 2015 IEEE. Manuscript received February 26, 2015; revised April 23, 2015; accepted May 10, 2015. Date of publication June 01, 2015; date of current version November 25, 2015. This work was supported in part by NIH Awards CA1744601 and EB01696301.

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