Photoacoustic Imaging for Cancer Detection and Staging

Author(s): Mohammad Mehrmohammadi, Soon Joon Yoon, Douglas Yeager, Stanislav Y. Emelianov

Journal Name: Current Molecular Imaging (Discontinued)

Volume 2 , Issue 1 , 2013


Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Diagnosing a cancer at its early stages of development can decrease the mortality rate significantly and reduce healthcare costs. Over the past two decades, photoacoustic imaging has seen steady growth and has demonstrated notable capabilities to detect cancerous cells and stage cancer. Furthermore, photoacoustic imaging combined with ultrasound imaging and augmented with molecular targeted contrast agents is capable of imaging cancer at the cellular and molecular level, thus opening diverse opportunities to improve diagnosis of tumors, detect circulating tumor cells and identify metastatic lymph nodes. In this paper we introduce the principles of photoacoustic imaging, and review recent developments in photoacoustic imagingas an emerging imaging modality for cancer diagnosis and staging.

Keywords: Photoacoustic imaging, ultrasound, cancer, diagnosis, staging, exogenous contrast agents, spectroscopy, healthcare, cancerous cells, stage cancer

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Year: 2013
Published on: 01 March, 2013
Page: [89 - 105]
Pages: 17
DOI: 10.2174/2211555211302010010

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