The team aims to deliver an ultra-high speed imaging capability to optically explore the dynamical response of biological materials and imaging contrast agents to acoustic forcing. The Harwell Hub’s specialised laser sources, photodetectors and state-of-the-art ultrasound platforms will be complemented by equipment well-suited to clinical translation within the Spoke universities and industry collaborators.
Ample opportunity also exists for eventual translation into a range of new diagnostic or therapeutic methods in the clinic. For example, developing acousto-optic imaging of living tissue could allow it to be used as a tool for real-time guidance of high intensity focused ultrasound cancer therapy. Or new innovations in photoacoustic imaging could extend its utility to tissue characterisation for biopsies, wound healing, therapy monitoring and many more.