Technique Enables Noninvasive Imaging Of Delicate Organs

The noninvasive imaging of body organs through turbid biological tissues like skin and muscle is made possible by a novel bio-imaging method that combines ultrasound and optical processes. This newly created optical imaging technique may replace the need for intrusive visual examinations using endoscopic cameras.

To examine and identify symptoms of deep tissue disease, invasive endoscopic imaging, or using cameras inserted directly inside the body’s organs, is performed. Their novel method offers a non-surgical and noninvasive option for endoscopic imagers or cameras on the end of catheter tubes or wires, typically implanted through a medical procedure or surgery to reach the body’s deep tissues.

The study from the lab demonstrates that ultrasound can substitute for the need to implant a real lens by creating a virtual lens inside the body. The researchers can effectively focus light within the tissue using ultrasonic wave patterns, enabling them to capture previously impossible images using noninvasive imaging techniques.

Most light, particularly that in the visible region of the optical spectrum, can be blocked by biological tissue. Therefore, light cannot penetrate deep tissue using existing optical imaging techniques. Noninvasive ultrasound has been used by researchers to increase transparency, allowing more light to pass through turbid materials like living tissue. 

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