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Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is an emerging modality for biomedical imaging. It is non-ionizing and can detect differences between water content and tissue density, but the detectors are rather expensive and the scan time tends to be long. Recently, it has been shown that the compressed sensing theory can lead to a radical re-design of the imaging system with lower detector cost and shorter scan time, in exchange for computation in the image reconstruction. We show in this paper that it is in fact possible to make use of the multi-frequency nature of the terahertz pulse to achieve hyperspectral reconstruction. Through effective use of the spatial sparsity, spectroscopic phase information, and correlations across the hyperspectral bands, our method can significantly improve the reconstructed image quality. This is demonstrated through using a set of experimental THz data captured in a single-pixel terahertz system.
Date of Conference: May 30 2010-June 2 2010