2020 Volume 29 Issue 1 Pages 77-85
The possibility of using photoacoustic imaging for functional diagnosis has attracted much attention especially in the clinical field. Among such imaging systems, a system, which offers real-time imaging using compact and low-priced LEDs as a light source, has appeared. Compared to solid state lasers, the LED pulse energy was extremely small, so it had been thought that imaging would be extremely difficult, but by adding a pre-amplifier, real time photoacoustic imaging became possible. However the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and the amplifier gain needed for making real time imaging possible have remained unclear. The present study was designed to clarify these data. The results showed that, using a tissue phantom and human fingers, an SNR > 4 and amplifier gain > 80dB were required, and demonstrated why making an image without a pre-amplifier had proved difficult.