IPASC Mission

The overall goal of IPASC is to reach consensus on photoacoustic imaging (PAI) standardization to improve the quality of preclinical studies and to accelerate efforts in clinical translation. Furthermore, by establishing standards IPASC hopes to facilitate open access, use, and exchange of data between different groups.

IPASC is currently represented globally in over 15 countries with more than 90 academic and industrial members (see our Member List for a full overview). If you also want to get involved and contribute to the consortium, please follow the 'Get Involved' instructions. To learn more about the goals and efforts of IPASC, please also have a look at our letter to the editor published in Nature Photonics.
Get Involved Nat Photonics Letter Consensus Workflow

IPASC aims to:

  1. Define widely accepted phantoms for use with preclinical and clinical PAI systems
  2. Provide open, publicly available, reference datasets for testing of data reconstruction and spectral processing algorithms in a widely accepted data format
  3. Use these phantoms to enable quantitative comparison of PAI data acquired with different system designs and analysed with different data reconstruction and spectral processing algorithms
  4. Agree upon a standardized and validated test method for new PAI instruments to help with comparison of published results.
To achieve these goals, the IPASC efforts have been streamlined into three thematic areas:

Phantom Development

Define ideal optical and acoustic phantom properties and design standard phantoms.

Data Acquisition and Management

Collect specifications of PAI systems and define a standard data format.

Study Design

Design multi-centre studies and resolve logistical challenges.

[Addressing photoacoustics standards, Nature Photonics, 2019]


SPIE Photonics West 2020

IPASC will be at SPIE Photonics West in the photons plus ultrasound subconference with several talks and a poster.

IPASC consensus workflow

The IPASC leadership team has adopted a standard consensus workflow for upcoming votes.

Nature Photonics: Letter to the Editor

We proudly present our letter to the editor of Nature Photonics about the efforts of IPASC. If you are interested, you can check it out here: