Laser-induced synthetic aperture ultrasound imaging

David Thompson*, Hindrik Kruit, Damien Gasteau, Srirang Manohar

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This work concerns the development and testing of a setup that uses laser-induced ultrasound sources to achieve synthetic transmit aperture ultrasound imaging. The sources are created by sequentially firing 32 contiguous multi-mode optical fibers to illuminate an optically absorbing film with nanosecond-pulsed laser light. Ultrasound is generated by the photoacoustic effect and insonifies the sample under investigation. Ultrasound that has interacted with the sample is detected in reflection mode using a conventional ultrasound transducer array. We present a custom-developed optical fiber multiplexing setup that enables sequential firing of the optical fiber array and characterize the acoustic fields produced by the laser-induced approach using hydrophone measurements. The integrated setup is used to make images of wire phantoms. Following this, images are taken of a breast-mimicking phantom as well as the wrist of one of the authors. Imaging results from the new approach and from conventional ultrasound imaging are compared. The lateral and axial point-spread function values show broad agreement between the two approaches, whereas the phantom and in vivo images exhibit some differences in contrast values. This work is, to our knowledge, the first instance of laser-induced ultrasound synthetic transmit aperture imaging using a clinical ultrasound array.

Original languageEnglish
Article number163105
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2020


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