Gallery of images.

Oregon Medical Laser Center Newsletter. Feb 1, 1998. Steven Jacques.

This month we emphasize ultrasound-modulated imaging.

The purposes of this gallery are:

  • to point interested viewers toward sites that report their development of optical technologies for medicine.
  • to encourage the many other labs doing research on biomedical optics to post some images illustrating their work so that the general surfing audience can view our collective progress.

    Links are provided to the websites and viewers are encouraged to visit the original sites which have more pictures, discussions, references to papers, job opportunities, software, lists of staff, etc.


    Imaging an object within turbid medium using ultrasound-modulated light transport.

    Lihong Wang at Texas A&M University is developing a form of imaging called "ultrasound-modulated light transport". A focused ultrasound beam is used to modulate at 1 MHz the photons that pass through the small ~1-mm^3 focal region of the ultrasound beam. Photons are launched into the medium (or tissue) and collected on the other side. However, only those few photons that pass through the focal region of the ultrasound beam will be modulated at 1 MHz. The detected 1-MHz signal can be attributed to the small focal region to yield one voxel of information regarding the medium. Scanning the ultrasound focus through the medium allows multiple voxel accumulatiojn and image reconstruction.

    Figure at left shows a small cube within a 5-cm thick phantom of turbid medium. Objects with optical differences in either absorption or scattering relative to the medium can be detected.

    Texas A&M University, Optical Imaging Laboratory

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