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IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2002 Jul;21(7):823-8.

Exact frequency-domain reconstruction for thermoacoustic tomography--I: Planar geometry.

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843-3120, USA.


We report an exact and fast Fourier-domain reconstruction algorithm for thermoacoustic tomography in a planar configuration assuming thermal confinement and constant acoustic speed. The effects of the finite size of the detector and the finite length of the excitation pulse are explicitly included in the reconstruction algorithm. The algorithm is numerically and experimentally verified. We also demonstrate that the blurring caused by the finite size of the detector surface is the primary limiting factor on the resolution and that it can be compensated for by deconvolution.

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