Translational photoacoustic imaging

Photoacoustic imaging is a hybrid technique which relies on a pulsed laser to generate acoustic waves within tissue. It is capable of achieving high resolution images with optical contrast tens of millimeters deep in tissue. We are working to translate this technology to the clinic with an initial focus on identifying metastatic lymph nodes in breast cancer patients. This project involves the development of the imaging system, creation of spectroscopic imaging algorithms, and combining the two for imaging in the clinic.

Faculty contact: Geoffrey P. Luke