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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Toward a comprehensive interpretation of intravital microscopy images in studies of lung tissue dynamics
Author(s): Maria Gaertner; Kerstin Schirrmann; Christian Schnabel; Sven Meissner; Ulrich Kertzscher; Lars Kirsten; Edmund Koch
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Paper Abstract

Intravital microscopy (IVM) is a well-established imaging technique for real-time monitoring of microscale lung tissue dynamics. Although accepted as a gold standard in respiratory research, its characteristic image features are scarcely understood, especially when trying to determine the actual position of alveolar walls. To allow correct interpretation of these images with respect to the true geometry of the lung parenchyma, we analyzed IVM data of alveoli in a mouse model in comparison with simultaneously acquired optical coherence tomography images. Several IVM characteristics, such as double ring structures or disappearing alveoli in regions of liquid filling, could be identified and related to the position of alveoli relative to each other. Utilizing a ray tracing approach based on an idealized geometry of the mouse lung parenchyma, two major reflection processes could be attributed to the IVM image formation: partial reflection and total internal reflection between adjacent alveoli. Considering the origin of the reflexes, a model was developed to determine the true position of alveolar walls within IVM images. These results allow thorough understanding of IVM data and may serve as a basis for the correction of alveolar sizes for more accurate quantitative analysis within future studies of lung tissue dynamics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 June 2015
PDF: 10 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 20(6) 066009 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.20.6.066009
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 20, Issue 6
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Maria Gaertner, Univ. Carl Gustav Carus Dresden (Germany)
Kerstin Schirrmann, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
Christian Schnabel, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
Sven Meissner, Univ. Carl Gustav Carus Dresden (Germany)
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Ulrich Kertzscher, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
Lars Kirsten, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
Edmund Koch, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)

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