Grant ID RP240091
Awarded On February 21, 2024
Title High resolution high sensitivity photoacoustic imaging molecular guided brain tumor surgery with pilot clinical deployment
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator
Institution/Organization The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Principal Investigator/Program Director Pablo Valdes Quevedo
Cancer Sites Brain and Other Nervous System
Contracted Amount $1,044,967
Lay Summary

The best initial treatment for brain tumor patients is for a neurosurgeon to remove the most tumor they can while not damaging normal brain. However, neurosurgeons are unable to achieve this goal, even though they are equipped with technologies to help them see tumor and normal brain better. Just like each person has a unique 'fingerprint', tumor and normal tissues also have a 'fingerprint' based on how light and sound waves interact with them. There does not exist a technology able to read and interpret this 'fingerprint' that could help distinguish between normal and tumor tissues. Here we will create a transformative new imaging technology we call intraoperative photoacoustic and ultraso...

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