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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 17 — Aug. 13, 2012
  • pp: 18887–18897

Elastography of soft materials and tissues by holographic imaging of surface acoustic waves

Karan D. Mohan and Amy L. Oldenburg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 17, pp. 18887-18897 (2012)

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We use optical interferometry to capture coherent surface acoustic waves for elastographic imaging. An inverse method is employed to convert multi-frequency data into an elastic depth profile. Using this method, we image elastic properties over a 55 mm range with <5 mm resolution. For relevance to breast cancer detection, we employ a tissue phantom with a tumor-like inclusion. Holographic elastography is also shown to be well-behaved in ex vivo tissue, revealing the subsurface position of a bone. Because digital holography can assess waves over a wide surface area, this constitutes a flexible new platform for large volume and non-invasive elastography.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2012
Published: August 2, 2012

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Karan D. Mohan and Amy L. Oldenburg, "Elastography of soft materials and tissues by holographic imaging of surface acoustic waves," Opt. Express 20, 18887-18897 (2012)

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