The overall aim of the standards development theme is to define potential device applications and design requirements for standardisation, along with critical image quality characteristics and quantitative imaging biomarkers. Our roadmap for future activities is illustrated in the figure.
Progress: We have previously established a community consensus on ‘terms and definitions’, which underpin all future publications arising from the IPASC community. We have supported the design and delivery of the multi-centre phantom material trial undertaken by the ‘test objects and methods’ theme.
Current status: We are currently initiating discussions on image quality metrics and methods of quantitative evaluation. We are also exploring the optimal routes to engagement with existing standards organisations.
IPASC unites researchers, device developers, and government regulators in achieving standardisation of photoacoustic imaging through community-led consensus-finding.