Quantitative real-time multi-spectral optoacoustic tomography

Activity Code: FP7-PEOPLE-IOF-2008
Coordinator: Dr Amir Rozental, Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health



Multi-spectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) is a biomedical imaging modality which offers a combination of molecular sensitivity, penetration depth, and resolution which are unparalleled in the field biomedical instrumentation. Nonetheless, the long acquisition time associated with MSOT and difficulties in quantifying the images it produces currently limit its possible applications.

The aim of the proposed project is developing quantitative high-resolution real-time MSOT techniques for in-vivo molecular imaging in entire animals and potentially in humans. Specifically, the project will focus on applying MSOT for molecular imaging of the cardiovascular system.

The suggested research is inherently multidisciplinary and involves optics, acoustic, signal processing, inverse-scattering theory, biology and medicine. The ultimate goal is to bring MSOT closer to the technological maturity required for biological research and medical diagnosis.


Project Details:

Start Date: 13.07.2009
End Date: 12.07.2011
EU Contribution: 160,894 Euro
Total Costs: 160,894 Euro
Funding Scheme: International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)
Administrative Contact Person: Dr Jürgen Ertel, ertel(at)
Scientific Coordinator:
Dr Amir Rozental, eeamir(at)



  • Massachusetts General Hospital (The General Hospital Corp), USA