Simultaneous detection of multiple contrast agents with photoacoustic spectroscopy

Daniel R. Bauer, Leonardo G. Montilla, Mir Salek, Nathan Allen, Kaushal Rege, Russell S. Witte

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Early detection of cancer is important for survival, and multiple targeted contrast agents can be used for advanced cellular profiling. Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is effective at imaging optically-absorbing contrast agents. In this study, we present simulated and experimental results using spectral decomposition to separate the PA absorption spectrum into components from individual contrast agents. The original co-localized concentration of each agent is then simultaneously reconstructed. Monte Carlo simulations were performed to estimate wavelength-dependent fluences in the sample. In phantom experiments, the concentration of two contrast agents (gold nanorods with different absorption spectra) and a background absorbing dye (India Ink) were reconstructed. Finally, we implemented our algorithm in a mouse after injections of gold nanorods with absorption peaks of 750 and 810 nm. The concentration of each nanoparticle was identified from the endogenous background signal with a signal-to-noise ratio of greater than 25 dB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2012
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2012 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: Oct 7 2012Oct 10 2012

Publication series

NameIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
ISSN (Print)1948-5719
ISSN (Electronic)1948-5727


Other2012 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2012


  • breast cancer
  • gold nanorods
  • molecular imaging
  • optoacoustic
  • spectral decomposition algorithm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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