19 February 2018 A commercialized photoacoustic microscopy system with switchable optical and acoustic resolutions
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A focused-scanning photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) is available to help advancing life science research in neuroscience, cell biology, and in vivo imaging. At this early stage, the only one manufacturer of PAM systems, MicroPhotoAcoustics (MPA; Ronkonkoma, NY), MPA has developed a commercial PAM system with switchable optical and acoustic resolution (OR- and AR-PAM), using multiple patents licensed from the lab of Lihong Wang, who pioneered photoacoustics. The system includes different excitation sources. Two kilohertz-tunable, Q-switched, Diode Pumped Solid-State (DPSS) lasers offering a up to 30kHz pulse repetition rate and 9 ns pulse duration with 532 and 559 nm to achieve functional photoacoustic tomography for sO2 (oxygen saturation of hemoglobin) imaging in OR-PAM. A Ti:sapphire laser from 700 to 900 nm to achieve deep-tissue imaging. OR-PAM provides up to 1 mm penetration depth and 5 μm lateral resolution. while AR-PAM offers up to 3 mm imaging depth and 45 μm lateral resolution. The scanning step sizes for OR- and AR-PAM are 0.625 and 6.25 μm, respectively. Researchers have used the system for a range of applications, including preclinical neural imaging; imaging of cell nuclei in intestine, ear, and leg; and preclinical human imaging of finger cuticle. With the continuation of new technological advancements and discoveries, MPA plans to further advance PAM to achieve faster imaging speed, higher spatial resolution at deeper tissue layer, and address a broader range of biomedical applications.
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Yang Pu, Yang Pu, Renzhe Bi, Renzhe Bi, Malini Olivo, Malini Olivo, Xiaojie Zhao, Xiaojie Zhao, } "A commercialized photoacoustic microscopy system with switchable optical and acoustic resolutions", Proc. SPIE 10486, Design and Quality for Biomedical Technologies XI, 1048617 (19 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2301039; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2301039

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