Call for papers is open!
Abstracts due 17 July
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25 - 30 January 2025
San Francisco, California, US
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
    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 or one of SPIE Journals. A special session will be organized at the conference dedicated to The Best Paper Awards. A Certificate of The Best Paper will be presented at the Award Ceremony to be held as the last session of the Conference. Typically, 3 best papers will be honored with the awards sponsored by Seno Medical Instruments and TomoWave Laboratories.

    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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    Conference BO402

    Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2025

    This conference has an open call for papers:
    Abstract Due: 17 July 2024
    Author Notification: 7 October 2024
    Manuscript Due: 8 January 2025
    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
    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 or one of SPIE Journals. A special session will be organized at the conference dedicated to The Best Paper Awards. A Certificate of The Best Paper will be presented at the Award Ceremony to be held as the last session of the Conference. Typically, 3 best papers will be honored with the awards sponsored by Seno Medical Instruments and TomoWave Laboratories.

    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
    Univ. of Illinois (United States)
    Program Committee
    Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
    Program Committee
    Institut Langevin (France)
    Program Committee
    Research Ctr. for Non Destructive Testing GmbH (Austria)
    Program Committee
    Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
    Program Committee
    Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
    Program Committee
    The Univ. of Texas Medical Branch (United States)
    Program Committee
    Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
    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
    Tufts Univ. (United States)
    Program Committee
    Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
    Program Committee
    Helmholtz Zentrum München GmbH (Germany)
    Program Committee
    Karl-Franzens-Univ. Graz (Austria)
    Program Committee
    Univ. of Washington (United States)
    Program Committee
    Univ. Zürich (Switzerland)
    Program Committee
    Univ. of Michigan (United States)
    Program Committee
    Peking Union Medical College Hospital (China)
    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

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    What you will need to submit

    • Presentation title
    • Author(s) information
    • Speaker biography (1000-character max including spaces)
    • Abstract for technical review (200-300 words; text only)
    • Summary of abstract for display in the program (50-150 words; text only)
    • Keywords used in search for your paper (optional)
    • View call for papers for additional requirements
    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.