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Paper on photoacoustic breast imaging in European Radiology


Michelle Heijblom and colleagues describe the results of photoacoustic imaging on thirty-one patients using the Photoacoustic Mammoscope (PAM) developed at the University of Twente. The work was a collaboration between the University of Twente and Medisch Spectrum Twente Hospital.

Michelle used the PAM to measure 33 malignancies of which 32 were visualized with high contrast and good co-localization with conventional imaging. The results confirm the high potential of photoacoustic mammography in future breast care.

Key Points

  • Photoacoustic breast imaging visualizes malignancies with high imaging contrast.
  • Photoacoustic lesion contrast is independent of the mammographically estimated breast density.
  • No clear relationship exists between photoacoustic characteristics and lesion type, grade, etc.
  • Photoacoustic specificity to breast cancer from some cases is not yet optimal.

The state of the art in breast imaging using the Twente Photoacoustic Mammoscope: results from 31 measurements on malignancies Michelle Heijblom, Daniele Piras, Frank M. van den Engh, Margreet van der Schaaf, Joost M. Klaase, Wiendelt Steenbergen & Srirang Manohar European Radiology (2016): 1-14. (10.1007/s00330-016-4240-7)

For more information about the paper and the work on breast imaging, contact Srirang Manohar (