Estimation of blood oxygenation with learned spectral decoloring for quantitative photoacoustic imaging (LSD-qPAI)
One of the main applications of photoacoustic (PA) imaging is the recovery of functional tissue properties, such as blood oxygenation (sO). This is typically achieved by linear spectral unmixing of relevant chromophores from multispectral photoacoustic images. Despite the progress that has been made towards quantitative PA imaging (qPAI), most sO estimation methods yield poor results in realistic settings. In this work, we tackle the challenge by employing learned spectral decoloring for quantitative photoacoustic imaging (LSD-qPAI) to obtain quantitative estimates for blood oxygenation. LSD-qPAI computes sO directly from pixel-wise initial pressure spectra , which are vectors comprised of the initial pressure at the same spatial location over all recorded wavelengths. Initial results suggest that LSD-qPAI is able to obtain accurate sO estimates directly from multispectral photoacoustic measurements in silico and plausible estimates in vivo.
pnasresearcharticle \setbooleandisplaywatermarkfalse \leadauthorGröhl \correspondingauthorCorrespondence: email@example.com