Inversion of the spherical means transform in corner-like domains by reduction to the classical Radon transform

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We consider an inverse problem arising in thermo-/photo- acoustic tomography that amounts to reconstructing a function f from its circular or spherical means with the centers lying on a given measurement surface. (Equivalently, these means can be expressed through the solution of the wave equation with the initial pressure equal to f.) An explicit solution of this inverse problem is obtained in 3D for the surface that is the boundary of an open octet, and in 2D for the case when the centers of integration circles lie on two rays starting at the origin and intersecting at the angle equal to , . Our formulas reconstruct the Radon projections of a function closely related to f, from the values of on the measurement surface. Then, function f can be found by inverting the Radon transform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number095001
JournalInverse Problems
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2015



  • explicit inversion formula
  • optoacoustic tomography
  • photoacoustic tomography
  • spherical means
  • thermoacoustic tomography
  • wave equation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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