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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2322–2331

Non-contact photoacoustic imaging using a fiber based interferometer with optical amplification

Armin Hochreiner, Johannes Bauer-Marschallinger, Peter Burgholzer, Bernhard Jakoby, and Thomas Berer  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 4, Issue 11, pp. 2322-2331 (2013)

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In photoacoustic imaging the ultrasonic signals are usually detected by contacting transducers. For some applications contact with the tissue should be avoided. As alternatives to contacting transducers interferometric means can be used to acquire photoacoustic signals remotely. In this paper we report on non-contact three and two dimensional photoacoustic imaging using an optical fiber-based Mach-Zehnder interferometer. A detection beam is transmitted through an optical fiber network onto the surface of the specimen. Back reflected light is collected and coupled into the same optical fiber. To achieve a high signal/noise ratio the reflected light is amplified by means of optical amplification with an erbium doped fiber amplifier before demodulation. After data acquisition the initial pressure distribution is reconstructed by a Fourier domain reconstruction algorithm. We present remote photoacoustic imaging of a tissue mimicking phantom and on chicken skin.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.2350) Imaging systems : Fiber optics imaging
(110.7170) Imaging systems : Ultrasound
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(170.1470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Blood or tissue constituent monitoring
(170.5120) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photoacoustic imaging

ToC Category:
Photoacoustic Imaging and Spectroscopy

Original Manuscript: July 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 23, 2013
Published: October 2, 2013

Armin Hochreiner, Johannes Bauer-Marschallinger, Peter Burgholzer, Bernhard Jakoby, and Thomas Berer, "Non-contact photoacoustic imaging using a fiber based interferometer with optical amplification," Biomed. Opt. Express 4, 2322-2331 (2013)

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