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Quantitative photoacoustic tomography using forward and adjoint Monte Carlo models of radiance

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Roman Hochuli, Samuel Powell, Simon Arridge, Ben Cox

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Accepted/In press7 Nov 2016
Published2 Dec 2016

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Forward and adjoint Monte Carlo (MC) models of radiance are proposed for use in model-based quantitative photoacoustic tomography. A two-dimensional (2-D) radiance MC model using a harmonic angular basis is introduced and validated against analytic solutions for the radiance in heterogeneous media. A gradient-based optimization scheme is then used to recover 2-D absorption and scattering coefficients distributions from simulated photoacoustic measurements. It is shown that the functional gradients, which are a challenge to compute efficiently using MC models, can be calculated directly from the coefficients of the harmonic angular basis used in the forward and adjoint models. This work establishes a framework for transport-based quantitative photoacoustic tomography that can fully exploit emerging highly parallel computing architectures.

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