Abstract

We propose a cross-correlation-based method to measure blood-flow velocity by using photoacoustic microscopy. Unlike in previous autocorrelation-based methods, the measured flow velocity here is independent of particle size. Thus an absolute flow velocity can be obtained without calibration. We first measured the flow velocity ex vivo, using defibrinated bovine blood. Then flow velocities in vessels with different structures in a mouse ear were quantified in vivo. We further measured the flow variation in the same vessel and at a vessel bifurcation. All the experimental results indicate that our method can be used to accurately quantify blood velocity in vivo.

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