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Thermoacoustic Tomography

Principles and applications
Professor Huabei Jiang


This book is the first of its kind to cover the underlying principles and biomedical applications of thermoacoustic tomography (TAT). Written in a tutorial format, it describes the fundamentals of TAT; details advanced approaches for quantitative TAT; explores the development of several image enhancing schemes including both software and hardware approaches; examines array-based TAT systems; considers high-resolution TAT approaches and combinations of TAT with other imaging methods; addresses contrast agent-based molecular TAT; and discusses clinical applications and animal studies in the areas of brain, breast, joint, thyroid, liver and vascular imaging. It is a valuable resource for students, academics, and industry specialists, including biomedical engineers, electrical engineers, physicists and mathematicians.

Key Features
  • The first authored book on nanoscale energy transport
  • Principles and applications are emphasized
  • Full coverage of all key topics
  • Written by a leading researcher who's pioneering contributions have help helped develop the field

About Editors

Huabei Jiang joined the University of South Florida (USF) in 2017 as a founding member of the faculty of the medical engineering department and the founding Director of the USF Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging. Jiang has published two books and more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles and patents. He spends much of his time practicing Chinese calligraphy and painting, with the first exhibition of his artworks in July 2019 in Chengdu, China.

Table of Contents


Hardback ISBN: 9780750331616

Ebook ISBN: 9780750331630

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-3163-0

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IPEM-IOP Series in Physics and Engineering in Medicine and Biology


It is not often that one opens a science book to find beautiful artwork that is relevant to the topic. The author chose to illustrate this book with two hybrid drawings/paintings of scenery, a multimodal approach like thermoacoustic tomography (TAT). TAT is a new imaging technique that combines microwaves (for high contrast and specificity) and ultrasound (for high spatial resolution) in a way that is safe, portable and economical. Although introduced as a concept in the 1990s, recent advances are making TAT practical, and this book is the first one to weave together the research papers on the topic.

The book covers TAT from the advanced mathematical fundamentals, through the instrumentation needs, to the clinical aspects. There are many examples of simulations (using so-called phantoms of assembled media layers to verify and calibrate the technique), multiple charts (some in color), as well as a variety of references up to almost the date of publication. A few sections are reprinted from the literature to convey most accurately the authors' findings (particularly in the final chapter on clinical applications). In addition to the theory, the book includes a wealth of practical considerations, some in surprising places. For example, a low cost and portable magnetron generator is described in the chapter on image enhancements. In summary, this is an excellent first book on the topic of TAT, ideal as a reference for a professional or useful as a textbook for graduate students.

Bogdan Hoanca 2021 Optics & Photonics News The Optical Society (USA)

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