Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


PA Tutorial

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MICCAI 2016, the 19th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, will be held from October 17th to 21st, 2016 in Athens, Greece.

Photoacoustic Imaging: State-of-the-art, image reconstruction, and translation

Photoacoustic imaging is an emerging imaging modality in which ultrasound is generated with modulated light. It provides molecular contrast that is complementary to conventional ultrasound images. Recently there has been rapid progress with the development of photoacoustic imaging systems and image reconstruction algorithms. Different acquisition schemes with acoustic and optical focusing provide wide-field tomographic imaging for non-invasive applications and narrow-field microscopic imaging for interventions. Advances in image reconstruction algorithms have allowed for real-time imaging, obtaining tissue chromophore concentrations, and incorporating anatomical information from other imaging modalities.

This tutorial will present the foundations of photoacoustic imaging. It will provide an introduction to photoacoustic tomography and microscopy, and the fundamentals of image reconstruction and processing of multi-spectral images including the use of an open-source Matlab toolbox. We will describe the state-of-the art in clinical translation, including both opportunities and challenges in different fields. The material will broadly accessible to the MICCAI community.

Jathoul et al. Nat. Photonics 9, 239 (2015)

Objectives and relevance to MICCAI

Participants will become familiar with how photoacoustic images are acquired and reconstructed, and with algorithmic approaches to extracting physiological information. They will be empowered to assess its clinical potential in different contexts and to identify connections and synergies between photoacoustic imaging and other imaging modalities. 

Our tutorial is intended for all members of the MICCAI community, including computer scientists, medical physicists, biomedical engineers, and clinicians. No educational background is necessary in either engineering or medicine.


University College London

Dr. Adrien Desjardins

Dr. Ben Cox

Prof. Paul Beard

University of Twente

Prof. Wiendelt Steenbergen 

Boğaziçi University

Dr. Mehmet Burcin Unlu

Organisational details


  • October 17/half-day (AM)


  • 9:30-10:00       Introduction to photoacoustic imaging [Beard]
  • 10:00-10:30     Image reconstruction in photoacoustic tomography / k-Wave [Cox]
  • 10:30-11:00     break
  • 11:00-11:30     Quantitative photoacoustic imaging [Steenbergen]
  • 11:30-12:00     Photoacoustic microscopy [Unlu]
  • 12:00-12:30     Photoacoustic imaging in clinical practice [Desjardins]
  • 12:30-13:00     Panel discussion and questions


  • The organizers will share all teaching material with the community after the event. We will also provide links to publicly-available software and data.