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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 8 — Jul. 30, 2009

Quantitative photoacoustic tomography based on the radiative transfer equation

Lei Yao, Yao Sun, and Huabei Jiang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 12, pp. 1765-1767 (2009)

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We describe a method for quantitative photoacoustic tomography (PAT) based on the radiative transfer equation (RTE) coupled with the Helmholtz photoacoustic wave equation. This RTE-based quantitative PAT allows for accurate recovery of absolute absorption coefficient images of heterogeneous media and provides significantly improved image reconstruction for the cases where the photon diffusion approximation may fail. The method and associated finite element reconstruction algorithm are validated using a series of tissuelike phantom experiments.

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OCIS Codes
(110.5120) Imaging systems : Photoacoustic imaging
(110.6960) Imaging systems : Tomography
(170.3010) Medical optics and biotechnology : Image reconstruction techniques
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(110.6955) Imaging systems : Tomographic imaging
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: January 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 15, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 30, 2009
Published: June 2, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Lei Yao, Yao Sun, and Huabei Jiang, "Quantitative photoacoustic tomography based on the radiative transfer equation," Opt. Lett. 34, 1765-1767 (2009)

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