Photoacoustic Contrast AgentsEnable High-resolution Molecular Imaging at Depth
Characterize, Visualize and Analyze your Molecular Contrast Agents with Photoacoustics
Exogenous contrast agents are important tools in a variety of imaging modalities including fluorescence, PET/SPECT, CT, MRI and ultrasound for visualizing cellular and molecular processes. Furthermore, they can be used for diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases. Some of these agents are approved for clinical use and thus are ideal for translational research.
Molecular imaging with the Vevo LAZR and LAZR-X Photoacoustic Imaging Systems offers several advantages over other modalities:
- Deep optical signals visible with high-resolution (down to 40 um) in real time
- Multispectral acquisition for imaging multiple components simultaneously (blood, exogenous contrast agents, genetic reporters)
- Non-invasive and non-ionizing
- Fusion of molecular data with detailed anatomical images
The Vevo LAZR and LAZR-X systems provide tools for characterizing photoacoustic contrast agents in vitro and in vivo with the Vevo PHANTOM and associated software application for researchers designing agents for biomedical applications.
Photoacoustic contrast agents include:
Melanin (tyrosinase as a genetic reporter)
- Cancer imaging and therapy
- Sentinel lymph node detection
- Imaging of lymphatics
- Cell tracking
- Reporter gene imaging
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