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Development and investigation of the acoustic properties of tissue-mimicking materials for photoacoustic imaging techniques

Ivory, A M; Shah, A; Rajagopal, S; Zeqiri, B (2019) Development and investigation of the acoustic properties of tissue-mimicking materials for photoacoustic imaging techniques. In: 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonic Symposium (IUS), 6-9 October 2019, Glasgow, UK.

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Abstract

Phantom test devices are used in the development of medical imaging modalities to gain a more complete understanding of the underlying physical processes and to optimize techniques. There are currently no standard photoacoustic imaging (PAI) phantoms, although there is a move towards standardization, notably in a new international consortium (IPASC) focusing on the standardization of PAI techniques and phantoms. The use of gel wax/copolymer in oil materials in PAI is relatively recent with only limited studies carried out, however such materials hold promise for wide-spread adoption as a phantom material due to ease of preparation and extensive component availability. A standardized preparation method for the material has yet to be published. This work describes an investigation of the acoustic properties of various preparations of the bulk material. The final material consisted of 84.49 % mineral oil (light), 12 % Polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polystyrene 3 % low density polyethylene, 0.05 % TiO 2 and 0.46 % Benzalkonium chloride and had stable acoustic properties mimicking fatty soft tissue over 6 months, with a phase velocity of 1464.2 ± 0.4 m s -1 and mean attenuation of 4.04 ± 0.2 dB cm -1 at 5 MHz.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Photoacoustic imaging; Ultrasound; Tissue Mimicking Materials
Subjects: Acoustics > Ultrasound
Divisions: Medical Physics
Identification number/DOI: 10.1109/ULTSYM.2019.8926203
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 14:54
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/8734

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