[HTML] Lipid-weighted intraoperative photoacoustic tomography of breast tumors: Volumetric comparison to preoperative MRI

Our group developed an Intraoperative Photoacoustic Screening (iPAS) soft tissue scanner featuring high bulk tissue sensitivity, a clinically compatible scan-time of 6 min, imaging depths greater than 2 cm and the capability to visualize whole breast tumors based on their lipid, rather than hemoglobin, profile. Here, we report on the first clinical experience with breast cancer patients by comparing tumor-measurement using iPAS, preoperative dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) and gold-standard pathology. Tumor size was measured volumetrically for iPAS and DCE-MRI, and separately using maximum diameters for pathology, DCE-MRI and iPAS. Comparisons were performed using Pearson’s correlation coefficients, and the non-parametric Wilcoxon signed-rank test.

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