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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Optical coherence tomography angiography offers comprehensive evaluation of skin optical clearing <italic<in vivo</italic< by quantifying optical properties and blood flow imaging simultaneously
Author(s): Li Guo; Rui Shi; Chao Zhang; Dan Zhu; Zhihua Ding; Peng Li

Paper Abstract

Tissue optical clearing (TOC) is helpful for reducing scattering and enhancing the penetration depth of light, and shows promising potential in optimizing optical imaging performances. A mixture of fructose with PEG-400 and thiazone (FPT) is used as an optical clearing agent in mouse dorsal skin and evaluated with OCT angiography (Angio-OCT) by quantifying optical properties and blood flow imaging simultaneously. It is observed that FPT leads to an improved imaging performance for the deeper tissues. The imaging performance improvement is most likely caused by the FPT-induced dehydration of skin, and the reduction of scattering coefficient (more than ∼40.5%) and refractive-index mismatching (more than ∼25.3%) in the superficial (epidermal, dermal, and hypodermal) layers. A high correlation (up to ∼90%) between the relative changes in refractive-index mismatching and Angio-OCT signal strength is measured. The optical clearing rate is ∼5.83×10−5  cm/s. In addition, Angio-OCT demonstrates enhanced performance in imaging cutaneous hemodynamics with satisfactory spatiotemporal resolution and contrast when combined with TOC, which exhibits a powerful practical application in studying microcirculation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2016
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 21(8) 081202 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.21.8.081202
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 21, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Li Guo, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Rui Shi, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Britton Chance Ctr. for Biomedical Photonics (China)
Chao Zhang, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Britton Chance Ctr. for Biomedical Photonics (China)
Dan Zhu, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Britton Chance Ctr. for Biomedical Photonics (China)
Zhihua Ding, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Peng Li, Zhejiang Univ. (China)


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