Spatially compounded plane wave imaging using a laser-induced ultrasound source

David Thompson*, Damien Gasteau, Srirang Manohar

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This work presents spatially compounded plane wave imaging using a laser-induced ultrasound source. The plane wave source consisted of a 30 μm thick film of carbon black-doped PDMS cured on a 100 μm thick polyester substrate and presented a rectangular aperture of 40 × 3 mm. It was placed in front of a linear ultrasound array, passing through the imaging plane allowing overlap of the detection plane and the insonification plane. Illumination was provided by an array of optical fibre bundles placed above the imaging plane, at an angle. We will first present the general imaging set up and instrumentation used, after which details are given on the fabrication of the transmitter itself and on the objects that were imaged. Comparing laser-induced and conventional ultrasound images of wire phantoms shows the point-spread-function to be, in general, slightly better laterally in the conventional case but more homogeneous throughout the imaging plane with the laser-induced source. Imaging of a tissue-mimicking phantom shows a 55% improvement in contrast between a tumour and the background when using laser-induced ultrasound, as compared to the conventional case.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100154
Early online date23 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • UT-Gold-D
  • Laser-induced ultrasound
  • PDMS
  • Phantom
  • Plane wave imaging
  • Spatial compounding
  • Carbon black


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