AS-Net: Fast Photoacoustic Reconstruction with Multi-Feature Fusion from Sparse Data

Mengjie Guo, Hengrong Lan, Changchun Yang, Jiang Liu, Fei Gao

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Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is a biomedical imaging modality capable of acquiring high-contrast images of optical absorption at depths much greater than traditional optical imaging techniques. However, practical instrumentation and geometry limit the number of available acoustic sensors surrounding the imaging target, which results in the sparsity of sensor data. Conventional PA image reconstruction methods give severe artifacts when they are applied directly to the sparse PA data. In this paper, we firstly propose to employ a novel signal processing method to make sparse PA raw data more suitable for the neural network, concurrently speeding up image reconstruction. Then we propose Attention Steered Network (AS-Net) for PA reconstruction with multi-feature fusion. AS-Net is validated on different datasets, including simulated photoacoustic data from fundus vasculature phantoms and experimental data from in vivo fish and mice. Notably, the method is also able to eliminate some artifacts present in the ground truth for in vivo data. Results demonstrated that our method provides superior reconstructions at a faster speed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-223
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention
  • deep learning
  • photoacoustic tomography
  • reconstruction
  • sparse sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mathematics


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