Abstract

We propose the use of a spectral differential method (SDM) to emphasize the spectral peaks of multispectral photoacoustic images. Because contrast agent signals have spectral peaks at the contrast agent absorption peak, the SDM can selectively emphasize contrast agent signals. Unlike the conventional spectral fitting method (SFM), the SDM does not require reference background spectra and, consequently, does not suffer from separation error caused by the deviation of reference spectra from the measured spectra. We performed multispectral photoacoustic imaging of tissue-mimicking phantoms and subcutaneous tumors of mice injected with small organic molecule-based contrast agents. Contrast agent images obtained by the SDM were clearer than those obtained by SFM.

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