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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Imaging of whole tumor cut sections using a novel scanning beam confocal fluorescence MACROscope
Author(s): Paul Constantinou; Vojislav Vukovic; Hans Kristian Haugland; Trudey Nicklee; David W. Hedley; Brian C. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

Hypoxia caused by inadequate structure and function of the tumor vasculature has been found to negatively determine the prognosis of cancer patients. Hence, understanding the biological basis of tumor hypoxia is of significant clinical interest. To study solid tumor microenvironments in sufficient detail, large areas (several mm in diameter) need to be imaged at mm resolutions. We have used a novel confocal scanning laser MACROscope® (CSLM) capable of acquiring images over fields of view up to 2 cm32 cm. To demonstrate its performance, frozen sections from a cervical carcinoma xenograft were triple labeled for tissue hypoxia, blood vessels and hypoxiainducible transcription factor 1 alpha (HIF-1?), imaged using the CSLM and compared to images obtained using a standard epifluorescence microscope imaging system. The results indicate that the CSLM is a useful instrument for imaging tissue-based fluorescence at resolutions comparable to standard low-power microscope objectives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2001
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 6(3) doi: 10.1117/1.1383779
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 6, Issue 3
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Paul Constantinou, Princess Margaret Hospital (Canada)
Vojislav Vukovic, Princess Margaret Hospital (Canada)
Hans Kristian Haugland, Princess Margaret Hospital (Canada)
Trudey Nicklee, Princess Margaret Hospital (Canada)
David W. Hedley, Princess Margaret Hospital (Canada)
Brian C. Wilson, Photonics Research Institute and Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

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