Three-dimensional photoacoustic imaging using fiber-based line detectors

Hubert Grün, Thomas Berer, Peter Burgholzer, Robert Nuster, Günther Paltauf
Journal of Biomedical Optics 2010, 15 (2): 021306
For photoacoustic imaging, usually point-like detectors are used. As a special sensing technology for photoacoustic imaging, integrating detectors have been investigated that integrate the acoustic pressure over an area or line that is larger than the imaged object. Different kinds of optical fiber-based detectors are compared regarding their sensitivity and resolution in three-dimensional photoacoustic tomography. In the same type of interferometer, polymer optical fibers yielded much higher sensitivity than glass fibers. Fabry-Perot glass-fiber interferometers in turn gave higher sensitivity than Mach-Zehnder-type interferometers. Regarding imaging resolution, the single-mode glass fiber showed the best performance. Last, three-dimensional images of phantoms and insects using a glass-fiber-based Fabry-Perot interferometer as integrating line detector are presented.


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