We applied photoacoustics as a tissue tomography technique for the detection of blood concentrations, e.g., angiogenesis around tumors. We imaged blood vessels in highly scattering samples, using 532-nm light, to depths of ,1 cm. The samples were real tissue (chicken breast) or 10% dilutions of Intralipid-10%. The blood flowed through nylon capillaries. Polyvinylidene difluoride (PVdF) piezoelectric detectors were used in a surface-scanning mode. We demonstrate the sensitivity of the technique by photoacoustic detection of single red blood cells upon a glass plate. Lateral resolution is limited by the detector diameter s200 mmd. The depth resolution is ,10 mm.