The LUCA device combines clinical ultrasound, time-domain near infrared and diffuse correlation spectroscopies with the aim of improving thyroid cancer screening sensitivity and specificity. The preliminary clinical campaign on patients (n=31) with thyroid nodules and healthy controls (n=11) allowed the characterization of the precision of the instrument and demonstrated that using a couple of biomarkers the muscle-to-nodule contrast allows an area under the curve of 0.92 for single-nodule patients and 0.77 for all patients in differentiating benign and malignant nodules in a receiver operating characteristic curve. We will present the updated results from the ongoing study.
In photoacoustic imaging, the angular reception performance of ultrasonic transducers is a critical parameter to be considered for system designers. The quantitative comparison between cMUT and PZT emphasizes the difference between the transducer requirements and specifications between conventional ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging. In this present work, we show significant benefits of cMUT based array transducers over conventional PZT arrays for the improvement of quality in photoacoustic imaging systems.