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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Optical coherence tomography for high-resolution imaging of mouse development in utero

Paper Abstract

Although the mouse is a superior model to study mammalian embryonic development, high-resolution live dynamic visualization of mouse embryos remain a technical challenge. We present optical coherence tomography as a novel methodology for live imaging of mouse embryos through the uterine wall thereby allowing for time lapse analysis of developmental processes and direct phenotypic analysis of developing embryos. We assessed the capability of the proposed methodology to visualize structures of the living embryo from embryonic stages 12.5 to 18.5 days postcoitus. Repetitive in utero embryonic imaging is demonstrated. Our work opens the door for a wide range of live, in utero embryonic studies to screen for mutations and understand the effects of pharmacological and toxicological agents leading to birth defects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2011
PDF: 7 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 16(4) 046004 doi: 10.1117/1.3560300
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 16, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Saba H. Syed, Univ. of Houston (United States)
Kirill V. Larin, Univ. of Houston (United States)
Mary E. Dickinson, Baylor College of Medicine (United States)
Irina V. Larina, Baylor College of Medicine (United States)

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