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Technical considerations in the Verasonics research ultrasound platform for developing a photoacoustic imaging system

Authors
  • Kratkiewicz, Karl1
  • Manwar, Rayyan1
  • Zhou, Yang
  • Mozaffarzadeh, Moein
  • Avanaki, Kamran
  • 1 These authors have contributed equally
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biomedical Optics Express
Publisher
The Optical Society
Publication Date
Jan 27, 2021
Volume
12
Issue
2
Pages
1050–1084
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1364/BOE.415481
PMID: 33680559
PMCID: PMC7901326
Source
PubMed Central
License
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Abstract

Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) is an emerging functional and molecular imaging technology that has attracted much attention in the past decade. Recently, many researchers have used the vantage system from Verasonics for simultaneous ultrasound (US) and photoacoustic (PA) imaging. This was the motivation to write on the details of US/PA imaging system implementation and characterization using Verasonics platform. We have discussed the experimental considerations for linear array based PAI due to its popularity, simple setup, and high potential for clinical translatability. Specifically, we describe the strategies of US/PA imaging system setup, signal generation, amplification, data processing and study the system performance.

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