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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Zeiss Stereolumar v12 microscope
Jinrong Chen
Hyunjoon Kong Laboratory
Funded by the NIH

Ultrasound imaging is used extensively in diagnostic medicine. When tiny, stable bubbles like the ones shown here are introduced to the bloodstream as a contrast agent, the difference between blood vessels and the surrounding tissue in echogenicity (the ability to reflect the ultrasound waves) is enhanced. The resulting image quality leads to improved diagnosis of cancers and vascular diseases.