The optoacoustic imaging (OAI) methods are rapidly evolving for resolving optical contrast in medical imaging applications. In practice, measurement strategies are commonly implemented under limited-view conditions due to oversized image objectives or system design limitations. Data acquired by limited-view detection may impart artifacts and distortions in reconstructed optoacoustic (OA) images. We propose a hybrid data-driven deep learning approach based on generative adversarial network (GAN), termed as LV-GAN, to efficiently recover high quality images from limited-view OA images. Trained on both simulation and experiment data, LV-GAN is found capable of achieving high recovery accuracy even under limited detection angles less than 60° . The feasibility of LV-GAN for artifact removal in biological applications was validated by ex vivo experiments based on two different OAI systems, suggesting high potential of a ubiquitous use of LV-GAN to optimize image quality or system design for different scanners and application scenarios.

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