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RIT, UR profs collaborate on photoacoustic imaging technology

Rochester Business Journal
September 18, 2013

A pair of Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Rochester Medical Center professors are collaborating on medical imaging technology that holds promise for screening prostate and thyroid cancers, officials said Wednesday.

Navalgund Rao, a professor in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, has advanced the capability of photoacoustic imaging, a hybrid technique that combines light and ultrasound waves. Rao is collaborating with Vikram Dogra M.D., professor of radiology and urology in the URMC Department of Imaging Sciences.

RIT and the UR hold a joint patent on Rao and Dogra’s device.

The researchers created the startup company, Advanced Acoustic Imaging Technologies, and are seeking funding to make their device ready for clinical testing.

Rao’s prototype imaging system focuses the waves through an acoustic lens that functions like an optical lens on a camera. The acoustic lens sharpens the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue for the early detection of certain cancers.

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