Bio-optical methods have been an essential tool for biological observation and clinical diagnosis. Optoacoustic (photoacoustic) imaging is emerging to drive optical imaging beyond the penetration limits of conventional optical methods by allowing the formation of optical images several millimeters to centimeters inside tissue.
Overall, optoacoustics is expected to be an area of significant growth both on the technological and the applications front. Likewise the expectations are high that this technology will improve biological and clinical sensing and bring the improved ability in interventional and diagnostic procedures.
The topical issue on optoacoustics published in the Journal of Biophotonics intends to capture some of the recent progress in the field. The publications broadly address the diversity of the field with topics ranging from technology development, clinical applications and the use of agents for signal generation or the study of physical phenomena and interactions that could be employed for novel biomedical sensing.
Guest Editor: Vasilis Ntziachristos
Download the Editorial here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jbio.201300508/PDF
The following articles are Editor’s Choice and are online open:
Photoacoustic and photothermal detection of circulating tumor cells, bacteria and nanoparticles in cerebrospinal fluid in vivo and ex vivo (pages 523–533)
Dmitry A. Nedosekin, Mazen A. Juratli, Mustafa Sarimollaoglu, Christopher L. Moore, Nancy J. Rusch, Mark S. Smeltzer, Vladimir P. Zharov and Ekaterina I. Galanzha,
Hybrid photoacoustic and ultrasound section imaging with optical ultrasound detection (pages 549–559)
Robert Nuster, Nicole Schmitner, Gerhild Wurzinger, Sibylle Gratt, Willi Salvenmoser, Dirk Meyer and Guenther Paltauf,