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Time-domain feature extraction for target-specificity in Photoacoustic Remote Sensing Microscopy

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posted on 2023-01-12, 15:14 authored by Nicholas Pellegrino, Benjamin R. Ecclestone, Paul Fieguth, Parsin Haji Reza
Photoacoustic Remote Sensing (PARS) microscopy is an emerging label-free optical absorption imaging modality. PARS operates by capturing nanosecond-scale optical perturbations generated by photoacoustic pressures. These time-domain (TD) modulations are usually projected by amplitude to determine absorption magnitude. However, significant information on the target's material properties is contained within the TD signals. This work proposes a novel clustering method to learn TD features which relate to underlying biomolecule characteristics. This technique identifies features related to constituent biomolecules, enabling single-acquisition virtual tissue labelling. Colorized visualizations of tissue are produced, highlighting specific tissue components. This is demonstrated on freshly resected murine brain tissue, clearly discerning structures including myelinated and unmyelinated neurons (white and gray matter) and nuclear structures.



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