Principles and Medical Applications of Biomedical Photoacoustic Tomography

의료용 광음향 단층촬영 원리와 의학적 응용

  • 송철규 (전북대 전자공학부, 영상정보신기술연구센터) ;
  • 유상훈 (전북대 대학원 전자공학부) ;
  • 김도훈
  • Received : 2011.05.08
  • Accepted : 2011.05.18
  • Published : 2011.06.01


Photoacoustics has been broadly studied in biomedicine, for both human and small animal tissues. Photoacoustics uniquely combines the absorption contrast of light or radio frequency waves with ultrasound resolution. Moreover, it is non-ionizing and non-invasive, and is the fastest growing new biomedical method, with clinical applications on the way. This paper provides a brief recap of recent developments in photoacoustics in biomedicine, from basic principles to applications. The emphasized areas include the new imaging modalities as well as translational research topics. A primary PA application in biomedicine is photoacoustic tomography (PAT). The past decade has seen fast developments in both theoretical reconstruction algorithms and innovative imaging techniques, and PAT has been implemented in imaging different tissues, from centimeter-large breast tumors to several micrometer-large single red blood cels (RBC). PAT now provides structural, functional and molecular imaging. Overall, PA techniques for biomedicine are maturing. They have been widely used to study both animal and human tissues. Recently, more and more research focuses on clinical applications. Commercialized PA systems are expected to be available in the near future, and wide clinical PA applications are foreseen.


Supported by : 한국연구재단


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