Expand the scope of molecular imaging.

Due to its favorable characteristics in terms of spatiotemporal resolution, penetration depth, sensitivity and specificity, MSOT can be used for a multitude of applications.
The method impacts many areas in biological, pharmacological, medical and materials-related research. Key applications include:

Analyze parameters of disease progression across a wide range of biological mechanisms:

  • Tumor vascularity and perfusion
  • Hypoxia and apoptosis
  • Expression of extracellular markers
  • Immune cell recruitment

Monitoring blood flow and the beating heart in real time:

  • Vascular anatomy
  • Tissue perfusion and oxygenation
  • Plaque formation, content and vulnerability
  • Cardiac arrhythmia, ischemia

High-resolution imaging of deep brain structures, through intact skin and skull:

  • Glioblastoma
  • Perfusion, BBB permeability
  • Stroke
  • Neurodegenerative disease

Quantify kinetic processes in real time:

  • Probe uptake and elimination
  • Hepatic and renal function
  • Gastric motility
  • Multiplexing of probes

Observe changes of inflammation-related disease parameters:

  • Total blood volume
  • Hemoglobin concentration
  • Tissue oxygenation
  • Superficial and at depth

High-resolution optoacoustic skin imaging:

  • Endogenous optical contrast
  • Visualizing microvasculature
  • Hemoglobin content & oxygenation
  • Inflammation & cancer

Based on its strong roots in academic research and a close collaboration with partners in academia and pharma research, iThera Medical is continuously exploring new applications and is confident that MSOT will become the diagnostic imaging method of choice in a significant number of preclinical and clinical applications.

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