Photoacoustic tomography imaging based on a 4f acoustic lens imaging system

Zhanxu Chen, Zhilie Tang, Wei Wan
Optics Express 2007 April 16, 15 (8): 4966-76
The theory of photoacoustic tomography (PAT) imaging using a 4f acoustic lens imaging system has been investigated, and the theoretical results show that a 4f acoustic lens has the ability of imaging and guarantees axial and lateral unit magnification of image. A system, a 4f acoustic lens imaging system combining with time-resolved technique, is developed to acquire PAT images. The 4f acoustic lens is able to image initial photoacoustic (PA) pressure distribution, which exactly resembles the absorption distribution, onto an imaging plane. Combining with time-resolved technique, the linear transducer array is adopted to acquire the PA pressure distribution to reconstruct the PAT images. Experimental results demonstrate that the system is able to obtain PAT images and the images contrast sharply with their backgrounds.

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