Thermoacoustic Imaging: A Novel Method for Quantifying Fat in NAFLD
Abdominal ultrasound imaging is a widely available, low cost, point of care procedure that is used in daily clinical practice as the first-line examination to identify liver steatosis in patients with increased liver blood exams or suspected NAFLD.
Despite the broad use of abdominal ultrasound imaging, its sensitivity among morbidly obese patients is low, and it may miss the diagnosis when the liver hepatic fat content is < 20%.
Thermoacoustic imaging is a technology that is interoperable with conventional ultrasound imaging systems and capable of quantifying fat content in tissue while maintaining the low cost, broad access, and ease of use of ultrasound. The following describes the principles of thermoacoustics and its suitability to quantifying fat in tissue.
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