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Calibrated Linear Array-Driven Photoacoustic/Ultrasound Tomography

: Oeri, M.; Bost, W.; Tretbar, S.; Fournelle, M.


Ultrasound in medicine and biology 42 (2016), Nr.11, S.2697-2707
ISSN: 0301-5629
Fraunhofer IBMT ()

The anisotropic resolution of linear arrays, tools that are widely used in diagnostics, can be overcome by compounding approaches. We investigated the ability of a recently developed calibration and a novel algorithm to determine the actual radial transducer array distance and its misalignment (tilt) with respect to the center of rotation in a 2-D and 3-D tomographic setup. By increasing the time-of-flight accuracy, we force in-phase summation during the reconstruction. Our setup is composed of a linear transducer and a rotation and translation axis enabling multidimensional imaging in ultrasound and photoacoustic mode. Our approach is validated on phantoms and young mice ex vivo. The results indicate that application of the proposed analytical calibration algorithms prevents image artifacts. The spatial resolution achieved was 160 and 250 μm in photoacoustic mode of 2-D and 3-D tomography, respectively.