Micromachined Silicon Parallel Acoustic Delay Lines as Time Delayed Ultrasound Detector Array for Real-Time Photoacoustic Tomography. Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper reports the development of a new 16-channel parallel acoustic delay line (PADL) array for real-time photoacoustic tomography (PAT). The PADLs were directly fabricated from single-crystalline silicon substrates using deep reactive ion etching. Compared with other acoustic delay lines (e.g., optical fibers), the micromachined silicon PADLs offer higher acoustic transmission efficiency, smaller form factor, easier assembly, and mass production capability. To demonstrate its real-time photoacoustic imaging capability, the silicon PADL array was interfaced with one single-element ultrasonic transducer followed by one channel of DAQ electronics to receive 16 channels of photoacoustic signals simultaneously. A PAT image of an optically-absorbing target embedded in an optically-scattering phantom was reconstructed, which matched well with the actual size of the imaged target. Because the silicon PADL array allows a signal-to-channel reduction ratio of 16:1, it could significantly simplify the design and construction of ultrasonic receivers for real-time PAT.

published proceedings

  • J Opt

author list (cited authors)

  • Cho, Y., Chang, C., Wang, L. V., & Zou, J.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Cho, Y||Chang, C-C||Wang, LV||Zou, J

publication date

  • February 2016