Photoacoustic Imaging for Management of Breast Cancer: A Literature Review and Future Perspectives

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  • A. Prabhakara Rao, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India
  • Neeraj Bokde
  • Saugata Sinha, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India
In this review article, a detailed chronological account of the research related to photoacoustic imaging for the management of breast cancer is presented. Performing a detailed analysis of the breast cancer detection related photoacoustic imaging studies undertaken by different research groups, this review attempts to present the clinical evidence in support of using photoacoustic imaging for breast cancer detection. Based on the experimental evidence obtained from the clinical studies conducted so far, the performance of photoacoustic imaging is compared with that of conventional breast imaging modalities. While we find that there is enough experimental evidence to support the use of photoacoustic imaging for breast cancer detection, additional clinical studies are required to be performed to evaluate the diagnostic potential of photoacoustic imaging for identifying different types of breast cancer. To establish the utility of photoacoustic imaging for breast cancer screening, clinical studies with high‐risk asymptomatic patients need to be done.
Original languageEnglish
Article number767
JournalApplied Sciences
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

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