|Awarded On||November 02, 2011|
|Title||Development of a Novel High-resolution Photoacoustic Microscopy System for Noninvasive in vivo Imaging of Melanoma|
|Award Mechanism||Individual Investigator|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas at San Antonio|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Jing Yong Ye|
Melanoma is a highly metastatic/spreading skin cancer of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. Melanoma is often diagnosed after metastasis thus leading to a poorer patient survival. All persons are at risk for melanoma, although lighter skin or hair confers a higher risk. New early diagnosis technologies for melanoma are thus urgently needed. An ideal system would be noninvasive imaging that could be used repeatedly by physicians to track small changes in moles/nevi prior to a biopsy. While some noninvasive imaging methods have been explored, they have serious limitations: such as insufficient light penetration and ultrasound contrast, that prevents accurate measurement of thickness, ...