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Compressed optoacoustic data acquisition based on a cluster of acoustic scatterers


Deán-Ben, Xosé Luis; Ozbek, Ali; Razansky, Daniel (2019). Compressed optoacoustic data acquisition based on a cluster of acoustic scatterers. In: SPIE BIOS, San Francisco, February 2019 - February 2019, 54.

Abstract

A myriad of optoacoustic imaging systems based on scanning focused ultrasound transducers or on tomographic acquisition of pressure signals are available. In all cases, image formation is based on the assumption that ultrasound waves undergo no distortion and propagate with constant velocity across the sample and coupling medium (typically water). Thereby, ultrasound time-of-flight readings from multiple time-resolved signals are required to form an image. Acoustic scattering is known to cause distortion in the signals and is generally to be avoided. In this work, we exploit acoustic scattering to physically encode the position of optical absorbers in the acquired time-resolved signals and hence reduce the amount of data required to reconstruct an image. This new approach was experimentally tested with an array of cylindrically-focused transducers, where a cluster of acoustic scatterers was introduced in the ultrasound propagating path between the sample and the array elements. Ultrasound transmission was calibrated by raster scanning a lightabsorbing particle across the effective field of view. The acquired calibrating signals were then used for the development of a regularized model-based iterative algorithm that enabled reconstructing an image from a relatively low number of optoacoustic signals. A relatively short acquisition time window was needed to capture the entire optoacoustic field, which demonstrates the high signal compression efficiency. The feasibility to form an image with a relatively low number of signals is expected to play a major role in the development of a new generation of optoacoustic imaging systems.

Abstract

A myriad of optoacoustic imaging systems based on scanning focused ultrasound transducers or on tomographic acquisition of pressure signals are available. In all cases, image formation is based on the assumption that ultrasound waves undergo no distortion and propagate with constant velocity across the sample and coupling medium (typically water). Thereby, ultrasound time-of-flight readings from multiple time-resolved signals are required to form an image. Acoustic scattering is known to cause distortion in the signals and is generally to be avoided. In this work, we exploit acoustic scattering to physically encode the position of optical absorbers in the acquired time-resolved signals and hence reduce the amount of data required to reconstruct an image. This new approach was experimentally tested with an array of cylindrically-focused transducers, where a cluster of acoustic scatterers was introduced in the ultrasound propagating path between the sample and the array elements. Ultrasound transmission was calibrated by raster scanning a lightabsorbing particle across the effective field of view. The acquired calibrating signals were then used for the development of a regularized model-based iterative algorithm that enabled reconstructing an image from a relatively low number of optoacoustic signals. A relatively short acquisition time window was needed to capture the entire optoacoustic field, which demonstrates the high signal compression efficiency. The feasibility to form an image with a relatively low number of signals is expected to play a major role in the development of a new generation of optoacoustic imaging systems.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology

04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Physical Sciences > Biomaterials
Physical Sciences > Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Health Sciences > Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging
Language:English
Event End Date:February 2019
Deposited On:19 Feb 2021 12:51
Last Modified:20 Feb 2021 21:00
Publisher:Spie
ISBN:9781510623989
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2510020

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