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Yang, C.* ; Jian, X.* ; Zhu, X.* ; Lv, J.* ; Jiao, Y.* ; Han, Z.* ; Stylogiannis, A. ; Ntziachristos, V. ; Sergiadis, G. ; Cui, Y.*

Sensitivity enhanced photoacoustic imaging using a high-frequency PZT transducer with an integrated front-end amplifier.

Sensors 20:766 (2020)
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Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is a hybrid imaging technique that can provide both structural and functional information of biological tissues. Due to limited permissible laser energy deposited on tissues, highly sensitive PA imaging is required. Here, we developed a 20 MHz lead zirconium titanate (PZT) transducer (1.5 mm x 3 mm) with front-end amplifier circuits for local signal processing to achieve sensitivity enhanced PA imaging. The electrical and acoustic performance was characterized. Experiments on phantoms and chicken breast tissue were conducted to validate the imaging performance. The fabricated prototype shows a bandwidth of 63% and achieves a noise equivalent pressure (NEP) of 0.24 mPa/root Hz and a receiving sensitivity of 62.1 mu V/Pa at 20 MHz without degradation of the bandwidth. PA imaging of wire phantoms demonstrates that the prototype is capable of improving the detection sensitivity by 10 dB compared with the traditional transducer without integrated amplifier. In addition, in vitro experiments on chicken breast tissue show that structures could be imaged with enhanced contrast using the prototype and the imaging depth range was improved by 1 mm. These results demonstrate that the transducer with an integrated front-end amplifier enables highly sensitive PA imaging with improved penetration depth. The proposed method holds the potential for visualization of deep tissue structures and enhanced detection of weak physiological changes.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Photoacoustic Imaging ; Detection Sensitivity ; Pzt Transducer ; Front-end Amplifier; Contrast Agents; High-resolution; Vivo; Tomography; Microscopy; Microvasculature
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1424-8220
e-ISSN 1424-8220
Zeitschrift Sensors
Quellenangaben Band: 20, Heft: 3, Seiten: , Artikelnummer: 766 Supplement: ,
Verlag MDPI
Verlagsort St Alban-anlage 66, Ch-4052 Basel, Switzerland
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed