Optoacoustic imaging of the prostate: Development toward image-guided biopsy

Mohammad A. Yaseen, Sergey A. Ermilov, Hans Peter Brecht, Richard Su, André Conjusteau, Matthew Fronheiser, Brent A. Bell, Massoud Motamedi, Alexander A. Oraevsky

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Optoacoustic (OA) tomography has demonstrated utility in identifying blood-rich malignancies in breast tissue. We describe the development and characterization of a laser OA imaging system for the prostate (LOIS-P). The system consists of a fiber-coupled Q-switched laser operating at 757 nm, a commercial 128-channel ultrasonic probe, a digital signal processor, and software that, uses the filtered radial back-projection algorithm for image reconstruction. The system is used to reconstruct OA images of a blood-rich lesion in-duced in vivo in a canine prostate. OA images obtained in vivo are compared to images acquired using ultrasound, the current gold stan-dard for guiding biopsy of the prostate. Although key structural fea-tures such as the urethra could be identified with both imaging tech-niques, a bloody lesion representing a highly vascularized tumor could only be clearly identified in OA images. The advantages and limitations of both forward and backward illumination modes are also evaluated by collecting OA images of phantoms simulating blood ves-sels within tissue. System resolution is estimated to be 0.2 mm in the radial direction of the acoustic array. The minimum detectable pres-sure signal is 1.83 Pa. Our results encourage further development toward a dual-modality OA/ultrasonic system for prostate imaging and image-guided biopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number021310
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Image reconstruction
  • Optoacoustic tomography
  • Prostate cancer
  • Tran-srectal ultrasound imaging
  • Tumor imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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