Photoacoustic Contrast Agents
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Characterize, Visualize and Analyze your Molecular Contrast Agents with Photoacoustics

Fluorescent vs Photoacoustic Contrast Agents
Shown left: Whole body fluorescent image of a mouse with Angiostamp™ 800 (green) in the kidneys. Shown right: Whole body co-registered high resolution ultrasound and photoacoustic image of a mouse showing photacoustic signal from Angiostamp™ 800 (green) in the kidneys.

Exogenous contrast agents are important tools for visualizing cellular and molecular processes in a variety of imaging modalities including fluorescence, PET/SPECT, CT, MRI and ultrasound.

Furthermore, they can be used as theranostic agents, for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Some of these agents are approved for clinical use and thus ideal for translational research.

Molecular imaging with the Vevo F2 LAZR-X Photoacoustic Imaging System offers several advantages over other modalities:

  • Deep optical signals visible with high-resolution (down to 40 μm) in real time
  • Imaging in the NIR I and NIR II spectral ranges
  • Multispectral acquisition for imaging multiple components simultaneously (blood, exogenous contrast agents, genetic reporters)
  • Non-invasive and non-ionizing
  • Fusion of molecular data with detailed anatomical images

Types of Photoacoustic Contrast Agents


Nano-scale materials are increasingly used as molecular imaging agents for photoacoustics due to their very high absorption of light in the NIR range and their customizability in terms of size and surface chemistry. Contact us for more information.

Whole body fluorescent image
Optical Dyes and Fluorophores

Small molecular dyes are used extensively for in vivo fluorescence imaging as well as in microscopy for identifying cellular and molecular processes.


Danielle Charron highlights how a lot of the work they do in fluorescent imaging can also be done using photoacoustics as well.

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Validation of blood oxygenation and melanin signal from photoacoustic imaging
Endogenous Agents

This publication highlights the use of melanin and multi-wavelength photoacoustic imaging of inducible tyrosinase reporter gene expression in xenograft tumors.

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NIR molecular imaging agent for oncology

Angiostamp™ 800

AngiostampTM 800 is an organic near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent and photoacoustic imaging agent licensed by Optimal Grenoble, a small animal imaging team in France.

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