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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 1 — Jan. 4, 2010

Optoacoustic imaging using fiber-optic interferometric sensors

Horacio Lamela, Daniel Gallego, and Alexander Oraevsky  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 23, pp. 3695-3697 (2009)

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An interferometric sensor based on nonmetallic silica optical fiber is presented as an ultrasonic wideband transducer for optoacoustic imaging applications. We have characterized the sensitivity of the optical fiber sensor by detecting optoacoustic signals from an optically absorbing object embedded in a tissue-mimicking phantom and have compared the signals recorded with those detected from the same phantom using an array of piezoelectric transducers. The optical fiber sensor was also scanned along the phantom surface in order to reconstruct two-dimensional optoacoustic images of the phantom. These images have been compared with images obtained using the Laser Optoacoustic Imaging System, LOIS-64B, demonstrating the feasibility of our fiber-optic sensor as a wideband ultrasonic transducer.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(170.5120) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photoacoustic imaging
(170.7170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ultrasound

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: July 16, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 9, 2009
Published: November 24, 2009

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Vol. 5, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Horacio Lamela, Daniel Gallego, and Alexander Oraevsky, "Optoacoustic imaging using fiber-optic interferometric sensors," Opt. Lett. 34, 3695-3697 (2009)

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