Fluence compensation in raster-scan optoacoustic angiography

Modern optical imaging techniques demonstrate significant potential for high resolution in vivoangiography. Optoacoustic angiography benefits from higher imaging depth as compared to pure optical modalities. However, strong attenuation of optoacoustic signal with depth provides serious challenges for adequate 3D vessel net mapping, and proper compensation for fluence distribution within biotissues is required. We report on the novel approach allowing to estimate effective in-depth fluence profiles for optoacoustic systems. Calculations are based on Monte Carlo simulation of light transport and account for complex illumination geometry and acoustic detection parameters. The developed fluence compensation algorithm was tested in in vivo angiography of human palm and allowed to overcome significant in-depth attenuation of probing radiation and enhance the contrast of lower dermis plexus while preserving high resolution of upper plexus imaging.

Kirillin M., Perekatova V., Turchin I., and Subochev P. Fluence compensation in raster-scan optoacoustic angiography. Photoacoustics 8, 59-67(2017). 

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