J. Phys. IV France
Volume 125, June 2005
Page(s) 643 - 647

J. Phys. IV France 125 (2005) 643-647

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2005125147

Development of a photothermoacoustic frequency swept system: Theory and experiment

A. Mandelis1, Y. Fan1, G. Spirou2 and A. Vitkin2

1  Center for Advanced Diffusion Wave Technologies, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, M5S 3G8, Canada
2  Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto and Ontario Cancer Institute, 610 University Ave, Toronto, ON, M5G 2M9, Canada

This paper reports the theoretical and experimental development of a new frequency-domain correlation and spectral analysis photothermoacoustic (FD-PTA) imaging technique, which is being developed to detect deep-lying tumor masses in turbid biological tissue. Unlike conventional biomedical photoacoustics which uses time-of-flight acoustic information induced by a pulsed laser to indicate the tumor size and location, in this research, a FD-PTA instrument featuring frequency sweep (chirp), heterodyne modulation and lock-in detection of a continuous-wave laser source within the relative transparency window of human tissue (1064 nm) is constructed. Preliminary experimental results are obtained from phantoms with tissue-like optical properties.

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