The feasibility of air-coupled ultrasound transducers to detect laser-induced ultrasound from artificial blood vessels embedded in an optically scattering phantom is demonstrated. These air-coupled transducers allow new applications in biomedical photoacoustic imaging where contact with tissue is not preferred. One promising application of such transducers is the addition of photoacoustic imaging to the regular x-ray mammographic screening procedure.
Kolkman, R. G. M., Blomme, E., Cool, T., Bilcke, M., van Leeuwen, T., Steenbergen, W., ... den Heeten, G. J. (2010). Feasibility of noncontact piezoelectric detection of photoacoustic signals in tissue-mimicking phantoms. Journal of biomedical optics, 15(5), 055011-1-055011-4. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3491113