Abstract

The spectroscopic imaging capability of photoacoustics (PA) without the depth limitations of optical methods offers a major advantage in preclinical and clinical applications. Consecutive PA measurements with properly chosen wavelengths allow composition related information about blood or tissue. In this work, we propose and experimentally introduce modulation waveform engineering through the use of mismatched (uncorrelated or weakly correlated) linear frequency modulated signals for PA characterization and imaging. The feasibility of the method was tested on oxygen saturated hemoglobin and deoxygenated hemoglobin in vitro in a blood circulating rig. The method was also employed for in vivo imaging of a neck carcinoma tumor grown in a mouse thigh. The proposed method can increase the accuracy and speed of functional imaging by simultaneous PA probing with two wavelengths using portable laser-diode based PA imaging systems.

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