This conference will be dedicated to imaging, sensing, monitoring and spectroscopy based on the combination of light and sound by synergistically utilizing the high optical contrast and the high ultrasonic resolution at large tissue depths. The images based on optical (molecular) contrast are complementary to images based on ultrasonic (mechanical) contrast. The hybrid technology such as optoacoustic/photoacoustic tomography can provide anatomical and functional imaging for comprehensive tissue characterization, based on high-resolution molecular imaging. The areas of interest include methods involving optically and thermally induced acoustic waves and acoustically modulated optical waves and a variety of laser-induced thermal-acoustic phenomena, covering basic research, instrumentation and applications. Biomedical applications include cancer detection and diagnostic differentiation, detection of atherosclerotic plaques and other vascular diseases, angiography and characterization of tissue molecular composition.

Topics that involve a combination of light and sound include:

  • microscopy
  • endoscopy
  • intravascular microscopy
  • computed tomography
  • focal scanning imaging
  • image reconstruction
  • signal processing
  • light sources
  • ultrasonic transducers
  • optical sensing of pressure or displacement
  • contrast agents including nanoparticles for diagnostics and therapy
  • sensing (1D imaging)
  • spectroscopy
  • microwave or RF excitation of ultrasonic waves
  • laser ultrasound
  • quantitative imaging
  • functional imaging
  • molecular imaging
  • multimodality imaging
  • small animal imaging
  • clinical imaging
  • monitoring of therapy
  • guiding surgery and biopsy
  • ultrasonic encoding of light
  • wavefront engineering
  • other technological advances.


  • Best Paper Awards
    Seno Medical Instruments of San Antonio, Texas, and TomoWave Laboratories, Inc. will sponsor three of the "Best Paper Awards" at this conference (Certificate of recognition to all coauthors and $1,500 cash award).

    To qualify for the Award, authors must submit a 2-page extended abstract at the time of Abstract submission, present their papers at the conference (oral or poster) and publish a full manuscript in the SPIE Proceedings. A special session will be organized at the conference dedicated to The Best Paper Award. A Certificate of The Best Paper will be presented at the Award Ceremony to be held as the last session of the Conference. Cash award will be delivered after the publication of the conference proceedings volume.

    Submissions to this conference include the following:
    • 100 word text abstract (for online program) (REQUIRED)
    • 250-word text abstract (for technical review) (REQUIRED)
    • Optional 2-page extended abstract (this option makes submissions eligible for the Best Paper award nominations). The extended abstract must be submitted as a separate PDF document limited to two pages, including tables and figures. Include author names and affiliations; text; any figures, tables, or images; and sufficient data to permit committee review.


    All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee to determine acceptance. Summaries (2 page) will be used only for the purpose of review and will not be published.

    Post-deadline submissions may be accepted contingent upon confirmation of exceptional quality of research as determined by the Program Committee. ;
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    Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2023

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    Abstract Due: 20 July 2022
    Author Notification: 10 October 2022
    Manuscript Due: 11 January 2023
    This conference will be dedicated to imaging, sensing, monitoring and spectroscopy based on the combination of light and sound by synergistically utilizing the high optical contrast and the high ultrasonic resolution at large tissue depths. The images based on optical (molecular) contrast are complementary to images based on ultrasonic (mechanical) contrast. The hybrid technology such as optoacoustic/photoacoustic tomography can provide anatomical and functional imaging for comprehensive tissue characterization, based on high-resolution molecular imaging. The areas of interest include methods involving optically and thermally induced acoustic waves and acoustically modulated optical waves and a variety of laser-induced thermal-acoustic phenomena, covering basic research, instrumentation and applications. Biomedical applications include cancer detection and diagnostic differentiation, detection of atherosclerotic plaques and other vascular diseases, angiography and characterization of tissue molecular composition.

    Topics that involve a combination of light and sound include:

  • microscopy
  • endoscopy
  • intravascular microscopy
  • computed tomography
  • focal scanning imaging
  • image reconstruction
  • signal processing
  • light sources
  • ultrasonic transducers
  • optical sensing of pressure or displacement
  • contrast agents including nanoparticles for diagnostics and therapy
  • sensing (1D imaging)
  • spectroscopy
  • microwave or RF excitation of ultrasonic waves
  • laser ultrasound
  • quantitative imaging
  • functional imaging
  • molecular imaging
  • multimodality imaging
  • small animal imaging
  • clinical imaging
  • monitoring of therapy
  • guiding surgery and biopsy
  • ultrasonic encoding of light
  • wavefront engineering
  • other technological advances.


  • Best Paper Awards
    Seno Medical Instruments of San Antonio, Texas, and TomoWave Laboratories, Inc. will sponsor three of the "Best Paper Awards" at this conference (Certificate of recognition to all coauthors and $1,500 cash award).

    To qualify for the Award, authors must submit a 2-page extended abstract at the time of Abstract submission, present their papers at the conference (oral or poster) and publish a full manuscript in the SPIE Proceedings. A special session will be organized at the conference dedicated to The Best Paper Award. A Certificate of The Best Paper will be presented at the Award Ceremony to be held as the last session of the Conference. Cash award will be delivered after the publication of the conference proceedings volume.

    Submissions to this conference include the following:
    • 100 word text abstract (for online program) (REQUIRED)
    • 250-word text abstract (for technical review) (REQUIRED)
    • Optional 2-page extended abstract (this option makes submissions eligible for the Best Paper award nominations). The extended abstract must be submitted as a separate PDF document limited to two pages, including tables and figures. Include author names and affiliations; text; any figures, tables, or images; and sufficient data to permit committee review.


    All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee to determine acceptance. Summaries (2 page) will be used only for the purpose of review and will not be published.

    Post-deadline submissions may be accepted contingent upon confirmation of exceptional quality of research as determined by the Program Committee.
    Conference Chair
    TomoWave Labs, Inc. (United States)
    Conference Chair
    Caltech (United States)
    Program Committee
    Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
    Program Committee
    Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
    Program Committee
    Institut Langevin Ondes et Images (France)
    Program Committee
    Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
    Program Committee
    Research Ctr. for Non Destructive Testing GmbH (Austria)
    Program Committee
    Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
    Program Committee
    The Univ. of Texas Medical Branch (United States)
    Program Committee
    Martin Frenz
    Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
    Program Committee
    National Defense Medical College (Japan)
    Program Committee
    Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of)
    Program Committee
    Peking Univ. (China)
    Program Committee
    National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
    Program Committee
    Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
    Program Committee
    Helmholtz Zentrum München GmbH (Germany)
    Program Committee
    Univ. of Washington (United States)
    Program Committee
    Karl-Franzens-Univ. Graz (Austria)
    Program Committee
    ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
    Program Committee
    Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
    Program Committee
    Univ. of Michigan (United States)
    Program Committee
    Univ. of Alberta (Canada)
    Program Committee
    The Univ. of Southern California (United States)
    Program Committee
    Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
    Additional Information
    What you will need to submit
    • Title
    • Author(s) information
    • Speaker biography
    • 250-word abstract for technical review
    • 100-word summary for the program
    • Keywords used in search for your paper (optional)
    • Optional Two-page supplemental file, prepared as a PDF that includes:
      • Paper title
      • Authors
      • Supplemental information:
      • Description of purpose
      • Method(s)
      • Results
      • New or breakthrough work to be presented
      • Conclusions
      • Whether the work is being, or has been, submitted for publication or presentation elsewhere, and, if so, indicate how the submissions differ
    This file may contain supporting images/tables/figures

    Note: Only original material should be submitted. Commercial papers, papers with no new research/development content, and papers with proprietary restrictions will not be accepted for presentation.