We are developing a configurable combined laser, ultrasound, and elasticity (CLUE) imaging platform. The CLUE platform enables imaging sequences capable of simultaneously providing quantitative acoustic, optical, and mechanical contrast for comprehensive diagnosis and monitoring of complex diseases, such as cancer. The CLUE imaging platform was developed on a Verasonics ultrasound scanner integrated with a pulsed laser, and it was designed to be modular and scalable to allow researchers to create their own specific imaging sequences efficiently. The CLUE imaging platform and sequence were demonstrated in a tissue-mimicking phantom containing a stiff inclusion labeled with optically-activated nanodroplets and in an ex vivo mouse spleen. We have shown that CLUE imaging can simultaneously capture multi-functional imaging signals providing quantitative information on tissue.
- Yoon, Heechul, Yiying I. Zhu, Steven K. Yarmoska, and Stanislav Y. Emelianov. “Design and Demonstration of a Configurable Imaging Platform for Combined Laser, Ultrasound, and Elasticity Imaging.” IEEE transactions on medical imaging (2018).