A long-wavelength xanthene dye for photoacoustic imaging†
Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is a powerful biomedical imaging modality. We designed KeTMR and KeJuR, two xanthene-based dyes that were readily obtained through a 2-step synthetic route. KeJuR has low molecular weight, good aqueous solubility, and superior chemical stability compared to KeTMR. KeJuR shows a robust PA signal under 860 nm excitation and can be paired with traditional PA dyes for multiplex imaging in blood samples under a tissue-mimicking environment.