(Editor’s Note: This release was prepared by the University of Southern California.)
Scientists from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new type of medical imaging that gives doctors a new look at live internal organs.
The imaging combines two existing forms of medical imaging — photoacoustic and ultrasound — and uses them to generate a combined image that high-contrast, high-resolution image that could help doctors spot tumors more quickly.
“Photoacoustic endoscopy provides deeper penetration than optical endoscopy and more functional contrast than ultrasonic endoscopy,” said Lihong Wang, PhD, principle investigator and corresponding author of a study on the new technology that appeared in Nature Medicine on July 15, and the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor in the department of biomedical engineering in Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis.
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