Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice, with increasing incidence globally. RF ablation is a common treatment for AF, attempting to interrupt aberrant electrical patterns. The success rate of this procedure is suboptimal (∼60%), with a substantial amount of patients needing reintervention [1]. Providing the surgeon with real time feedback on lesion formation could increase the efficacy of this procedure [2]. We consider visible contrast in the lesion and routine intracardiac echography (ICE) guidance, to put forward photoacoustic/ultrasound imaging (PAUS) as a means to visualize the lesion. The objective of this study is to identify the optimum illumination wavelengths for lesion contrast and imaging depth [3].

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/ULTSYM.2017.8092146, hdl.handle.net/1765/103757
Conference 2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017
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Iskander-Rizk, S, Kruizinga, P, van der Steen, A.F.W, & van Soest, G. (2017). Near-infrared photoacoustic imaging of atrial RF ablation. In IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS. doi:10.1109/ULTSYM.2017.8092146