Abstract

In photoacoustic imaging, the signal attenuation is a well-known source of artifacts over the image reconstruction. It is recognized that this is caused by optical absorption effects and by the ultrasound broadband scattering. However, the sound dispersion is generally neglected, although it appears notably in thick or heterogeneous tissues. In the present Letter, we give an experimental example in which both attenuation and sound dispersion are dealt with as relevant features to be taken into consideration. An analytic perspective of these perturbations leads us to a waveform transport-model extension that provides a linear description of the induced acoustic effects. We find a near match between the theoretical predictions and the experimental results in the frequency domain. These outcomes approximate projection data that represent forward solutions in photoacoustic image reconstruction.

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