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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2007
  • pp: 262–272

Optoacoustic imaging of absorbing objects in a turbid medium: ultimate sensitivity and application to breast cancer diagnostics

Tatiana D. Khokhlova, Ivan M. Pelivanov, Victor V. Kozhushko, Alexei N. Zharinov, Vladimir S. Solomatin, and Alexander A. Karabutov  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 2, pp. 262-272 (2007)

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One of the major medical applications of optoacoustic (OA) tomography is in the diagnostics of early-stage breast cancer. A numerical approach was developed to characterize the following parameters of an OA imaging system: resolution, maximum depth at which the tumor can be detected, and image contrast. The parameters of the 64-element focused array transducer were obtained. The results of numerical modeling were compared with known analytical solutions and further validated by phantom experiments. The OA images of a 3   mm piece of bovine liver immersed in diluted milk at various depths were obtained. Based on the results of modeling, a signal filtering algorithm for OA image contrast enhancement has been proposed.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.3830) Medical optics and biotechnology : Mammography
(170.5120) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photoacoustic imaging
(170.6960) Medical optics and biotechnology : Tomography

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: April 12, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 12, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 2006

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Vol. 2, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Tatiana D. Khokhlova, Ivan M. Pelivanov, Victor V. Kozhushko, Alexei N. Zharinov, Vladimir S. Solomatin, and Alexander A. Karabutov, "Optoacoustic imaging of absorbing objects in a turbid medium: ultimate sensitivity and application to breast cancer diagnostics," Appl. Opt. 46, 262-272 (2007)

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