Amyloidosis is a rare disease characterized by a buildup of abnormal amyloid deposits in the body. Amyloid deposits can build up in the heart, brain, kidneys, spleen and other parts of the body.
Amyloid in the heart reduces the ability to fill with blood between heartbeats. Less blood is pumped with each beat, and the patient experience shortness of breath. If amyloidosis affects your heart's electrical system, the heart rhythm may be disturbed. Amyloid-related heart problems can become life-threatening.
The golden standard diagnostic technique is to take a biopsy from the abdominal fat pad, bone marrow, or sometimes the mouth, rectum, or other organs. The aim of the present study is the evaluate photoacoustic imaging as a non-invasive diagnostic technique för amyloidosis.