By Targeted News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 16 -- STC.UNM, Albuquerque, N.M., has been assigned a patent (8,529,454) developed by Jingkuang Chen, Albuquerque, N.M., for a "photoacoustic imaging devices and methods of imaging."
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A photoacoustic medical imaging device may include a substrate, an array of ultrasonic transducers on the substrate, at least one groove etched on the substrate, at least one optical fiber, and at least one facet. Each optical fiber is disposed in one of the grooves. Each facet is etched in one of the grooves and coated with a layer of metal having high infrared reflectivity. Each optical fiber is configured to guide infrared light from a light source through the fiber and toward the respective facet. The facet is configured to reflect the infrared light toward a target."
The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2008 (12/747,428). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,529,454.PN.&OS=PN/8,529,454&RS=PN/8,529,454
Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.