Compensation for Shot-to-Shot Variations in Laser Pulse Energy for Photoacoustic Imaging

Ki-Seung LEE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E100-C   No.11   pp.1069-1072
Publication Date: 2017/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E100.C.1069
Type of Manuscript: BRIEF PAPER
Category: Optoelectronics
photoacoustic imaging,  image enhancement,  

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In photoacoustic imaging, laser power variation is one of the major factors in the degradation of the quality of reproduced images. A simple, but efficient method of compensating for the variations in laser pulse energy is proposed here where the characteristics of the adopted optical sensor and acoustic sensor were estimated in order to minimize the average local variation in optically homogeneous regions. Phantom experiments were carried out to validate the effectiveness of the proposed method.