Wide-field fast-scanning photoacoustic microscopy based on a water-immersible MEMS scanning mirror. Academic Article uri icon


  • By offering images with high spatial resolution and unique optical absorption contrast, optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy (OR-PAM) has gained increasing attention in biomedical research. Recent developments in OR-PAM have improved its imaging speed, but have to sacrifice either the detection sensitivity or field of view or both. We have developed a wide-field fast-scanning OR-PAM by using a water-immersible microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) scanning mirror (MEMS-OR-PAM). In MEMS-OR-PAM, the optical and acoustic beams are confocally configured and simultaneously steered, which ensures the uniform detection sensitivity. A B-scan imaging speed as high as 400 Hz can be achieved over a 3 mm scanning range. Using the system, we imaged the flow dynamics of both red blood cells and carbon particles in a mouse ear in vivo. Presented results show that MEMS-OR-PAM could be a powerful tool for studying highly dynamic and time-sensitive biological phenomena.

published proceedings

  • J Biomed Opt

author list (cited authors)

  • Yao, J., Huang, C., Wang, L., Yang, J., Gao, L., Maslov, K. I., Zou, J., & Wang, L. V.

citation count

  • 125

complete list of authors

  • Yao, Junjie||Huang, Chih-Hsien||Wang, Lidai||Yang, Joon-Mo||Gao, Liang||Maslov, Konstantin I||Zou, Jun||Wang, Lihong V

publication date

  • August 2012