FURI | Spring 2021

Photoacoustic Imaging with Schlieren Optics to Provide Real-Time Imaging

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Wide-field photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) images are challenging to display in real-time because these images are reconstructed from multiple one-dimensional scans. This delay limits both research and clinical applications for PAM. Schlieren optics is a technique that can visualize sound using standard microscope cameras. By combining Schlieren optics with PAM, this research aims to eliminate the need for image reconstruction from multiple one-dimensional scans.

Student researcher

Derek Smetanick

Derek Tian Smetanick

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2023