Correction of wavelength-dependent laser fluence in swept-beam spectroscopic photoacoustic imaging with a hand-held probe

Min Woo Kim*, Geng-Shi Jeng, Matthew O'Donnell, Ivan Pelivanov

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Abstract

Recently, we demonstrated an integrated photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasound (PAUS) system using a kHz-rate wavelength-tunable laser and a swept-beam delivery approach. It irradiates a medium using a narrow laser beam swept at high repetition rate (∼1 kHz) over the desired imaging area, in contrast to the conventional PA approach using broad-beam illumination at a low repetition rate (10−50 Hz). Here, we present a method to correct the wavelength-dependent fluence distribution and demonstrate its performance in phantom studies using a conventional limited view/bandwidth hand-held US probe. We adopted analytic fluence models, extending diffusion theory for the case of a pencil beam obliquely incident on an optically homogenous turbid medium, and developed a robust method to estimate fluence attenuation in the medium using PA measurements acquired from multiple fiber-irradiation positions swept at a kHz rate. We conducted comprehensive simulation tests and phantom studies using well-known contrast-agents to validate the reliability of the fluence model and its spectral corrections.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100192
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalPhotoacoustics
Volume19
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Fluence model
  • Laser fluence correction
  • Photoacoustics
  • Quantitative PA imaging
  • Spectroscopic imaging

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