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TISSUE OPTICAL CLEARING WINDOWS FOR IN VIVO IMAGING

DAN ZHU1,2

1 Britton Chance Center for Biomedical Photonics, Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
2 MoE Key Laboratory for Biomedical Photonics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Abstract

Biomedical photonics is currently one of the fastest growing fields of life sciences since optical imaging techniques allow low-invasive in vivo structural and functional analysis of tissues with high resolution and contrast unattainable by any other method. However, the high scattering of turbid biological tissues limits the penetration of light, leading to strongly decreased imaging resolution and contrast as light propagates deeper into the tissue. For instance, observation of brain structure and neural activities is of great significance to understand not only normal brain physiology but also dysfunctions of vasculature and neural networks related to various brain diseases, while the skull above prevent in vivo optical brain imaging. Moreover, as the largest organ of the body, skin is an ideal target tissue for microvascular network and immune response monitoring, but its turbid nature severely limits the visualization by decreasing the imaging resolution as well as the imaging depth. Traditionally, to overcome the scattering of such barriers above the target tissue, surgery-based windows have to be performed. Fortunately, novel in vivo tissue optical clearing technique could reduce the scattering of tissue and make it transparent for higher optical imaging quality. This presentation will introduce the recently developed skin/skull optical clearing windows for imaging structure and function of cutaneous/cortical vascular and cells, as well as for manipulating cortical vasculature.



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Dan zhu
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
China

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