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A fast marching method based back projection algorithm for photoacoustic tomography in heterogeneous media

Tianren Wang, Yun Jing
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
arXiv:1501.03869 [physics.med-ph], (16 Jan 2015)

@article{wang2015fast,

   title={A fast marching method based back projection algorithm for photoacoustic tomography in heterogeneous media},

   author={Wang, Tianren and Jing, Yun},

   year={2015},

   month={jan},

   archivePrefix={"arXiv"},

   primaryClass={physics.med-ph}

}

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This paper presents a numerical study on a fast marching method based back projection reconstruction algorithm for photoacoustic tomography in heterogeneous media. Transcranial imaging is used here as a case study. To correct for the phase aberration from the heterogeneity (i.e., skull), the fast marching method is adopted to compute the phase delay based on the known speed of sound distribution, and the phase delay is taken into account by the back projection algorithm for more accurate reconstructions. It is shown that the proposed algorithm is more accurate than the conventional back projection algorithm, but slightly less accurate than the time reversal algorithm particularly in the area close to the skull. However, the image reconstruction time for the proposed algorithm can be as little as 124 ms when implemented by a GPU (512 sensors, 21323 pixels reconstructed), which is two orders of magnitude faster than the time reversal reconstruction. The proposed algorithm, therefore, not only corrects for the phase aberration, but can be also potentially implemented in a real-time manner.
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