5 years ago

Non-equilibrium plasma jet induced thermo-acoustic resistivity imaging for higher contrast and resolution

Wencong Jiang, Linbo Li, Liang Guo, Fanqing Dong
A thermo-acoustic imaging modality induced by non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma jet is reported. A tiny plasma jet is generated by a fast-rising pulsed dielectric barrier discharge and applied to the surface of the biological tissues. The pulsed conductive current induced by the conductive plasma jet is injected into the biological tissues. The Joule heating inside the tissue stimulates the ultrasound signals effectively. The amplitude of the ultrasound is related to the resistivity of the biological tissues near the contact point and takes the maximum at the certain conductivity of the certain frequency. Accordingly the thermo-acoustic resistivity imaging modality of high contrast and resolution is demonstrated theoretically and experimentally.

Publisher URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-09964-x

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-09964-x

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