3 years ago

Context encoding enables machine learning-based quantitative photoacoustics.

Janek Gröhl, Lena Maier-Hein, Thomas Kirchner

Real-time monitoring of functional tissue parameters, such as local blood oxygenation, based on optical imaging could provide groundbreaking advances in the diagnosis and interventional therapy of various diseases. While photoacoustic (PA) imaging is a novel modality with great potential to measure optical absorption deep inside tissue, quantification of the measurements remains a major challenge. In this paper, we introduce the first machine learning based approach to quantitative PA imaging (qPAI), which relies on learning the fluence in a voxel to deduce the corresponding optical absorption. The method encodes relevant information of the measured signal and the characteristics of the imaging system in voxel-based feature vectors, which allow the generation of thousands of training samples from a single simulated PA image. Comprehensive in silico experiments suggest that context encoding (CE)-qPAI enables highly accurate and robust quantification of the local fluence and thereby the optical absorption from PA images.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1706.03595

DOI: arXiv:1706.03595v2

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