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Chin. Phys. B, 2013, Vol. 22(7): 074303    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/22/7/074303

Effects of size and arrangement of virtual transducer on photoacoustic tomography

Wang Shao-Hua, Tao Chao, Liu Xiao-Jun
Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Abstract  In this paper, we investigate the effects of the relative size and arrangement of the virtual transducer on the image quality in limited-view photoacoustic tomography. A virtual transducer refers to the acoustic scatterers used to reflect photoacoustic waves and improve the images reconstructed from incomplete PA signal. Size and spatial arrangement determine the performance of the virtual transducer. In this study, the scatterers utilized as virtual transducers are arranged in different manners, such as on a straight line or on an arc line. We find that virtual transducers with a big distributing angle can provide more significant image improvement than with a small distributing angle, which is similar to the true transducers. We also change the size of virtual transducer and study its influence on image quality. It is found that the bigger scatterers provide better images than the smaller ones. Especially, when the size of scatterers is reduced to the wavelength of photoacoustic wave, the image quality observably decreases, owing to the strong diffraction effect. Thus, it is suggested that the size of the acoustical scatterers should be much larger than the photoacoustic wavelength. The simulations are conducted, and the results could be helpful for the application and further study of virtual transducer theory in limited-view photoacoustic tomography.
Keywords:  photoacoustic tomography      limited-view      virtual transducer      scattering  
Received:  08 October 2012      Revised:  19 November 2012      Published:  01 June 2013
PACS:  43.35.Ud (Thermoacoustics, high temperature acoustics, photoacoustic effect)  
  43.60.Pt (Signal processing techniques for acoustic inverse problems)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB921504), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11274167, 11274171, and 11074124), and the State Key Laboratory of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. SKLA201208).
Corresponding Authors:  Tao Chao, Liu Xiao-Jun     E-mail:;

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Wang Shao-Hua, Tao Chao, Liu Xiao-Jun Effects of size and arrangement of virtual transducer on photoacoustic tomography 2013 Chin. Phys. B 22 074303

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