Sparsity-promoting photoacoustic imaging with source estimation

TitleSparsity-promoting photoacoustic imaging with source estimation
Publication TypeSubmitted
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsShashin Sharan, Rajiv Kumar, Dumani, DS, Mathias Louboutin, Rongrong Wang, Emelianov, S, Felix J. Herrmann
Keywordsphotoacoustic imaging, private, source-time function, sparsity promoting inversion, wave equation

Photoacoustics has emerged as a high-contrast imaging modality that provides optical absorption maps inside of tissues, therefore complementing morphological information of conventional ultrasound. The laser-generated photoacoustic waves are usually envelope-detected, thus disregarding the specific waveforms generated by each photoabsorber. Here we propose a sparsity-promoting image reconstruction method that allows the estimation of each photoabsorber's source-time function. Preliminary studies showed the ability to reconstruct the optical absorption map of an in silico vessel phantom. By using a sparsity-promoting imaging method, absorption maps and source-time functions can still be recovered even in situations where the number of transducers is decreased by a factor of six. Moreover, the recovery is able to attain higher resolution than conventional beamforming methods. Because our method recovers the source-time function of the absorbers, it could potentially also be used to distinguish different types of photoabsorbers, or the degree of aggregation of exogenous agents, under the assumption that these would generate different source-time functions at the moment of laser irradiation.


Submitted to IEEE IUS 2018 on October 8, 2018

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