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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Jan. 16, 2012
  • pp: 1588–1596

All-optical scanhead for ultrasound and photoacoustic dual-modality imaging

Bao-Yu Hsieh, Sung-Liang Chen, Tao Ling, L. Jay Guo, and Pai-Chi Li  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 1588-1596 (2012)

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We propose a new scanhead design for combined ultrasound (US)/photoacoustic (PA) imaging that can be applied to dual-modality microscopy and biomedical imaging. Both imaging modalities employ the optical generation and detection of acoustic waves. The scanhead consists of an optical fiber with an axicon tip for excitation, and a microring for acoustic detection. No conventional piezoelectric device is needed, and the cost of the design makes it suitable for one-time, disposable use. Furthermore, a single laser pulse is employed to generate both US and PA signals. A subband imaging method can be applied to the receiver to enhance the contrast between the US and PA signals. Phantom data demonstrate the feasibility of this approach.

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OCIS Codes
(110.7170) Imaging systems : Ultrasound
(170.5120) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photoacoustic imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: November 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 28, 2011
Published: January 10, 2012

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Bao-Yu Hsieh, Sung-Liang Chen, Tao Ling, L. Jay Guo, and Pai-Chi Li, "All-optical scanhead for ultrasound and photoacoustic dual-modality imaging," Opt. Express 20, 1588-1596 (2012)

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