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Journal of Medical Imaging

Three-dimensional DNA image cytometry by optical projection tomographic microscopy for early cancer diagnosis
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Paper Abstract

Aneuploidy is typically assessed by flow cytometry (FCM) and image cytometry (ICM). We used optical projection tomographic microscopy (OPTM) for assessing cellular DNA content using absorption and fluorescence stains. OPTM combines some of the attributes of both FCM and ICM and generates isometric high-resolution three-dimensional (3-D) images of single cells. Although the depth of field of the microscope objective was in the submicron range, it was extended by scanning the objective’s focal plane. The extended depth of field image is similar to a projection in a conventional x-ray computed tomography. These projections were later reconstructed using computed tomography methods to form a 3-D image. We also present an automated method for 3-D nuclear segmentation. Nuclei of chicken, trout, and triploid trout erythrocyte were used to calibrate OPTM. Ratios of integrated optical densities extracted from 50 images of each standard were compared to ratios of DNA indices from FCM. A comparison of mean square errors with thionin, hematoxylin, Feulgen, and SYTOX green was done. Feulgen technique was preferred as it showed highest stoichiometry, least variance, and preserved nuclear morphology in 3-D. The addition of this quantitative biomarker could further strengthen existing classifiers and improve early diagnosis of cancer using 3-D microscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2014
PDF: 10 pages
J. Med. Imag. 1(1) 017501 doi: 10.1117/1.JMI.1.1.017501
Published in: Journal of Medical Imaging Volume 1, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Nitin Agarwal, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Alberto M. Biancardi, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Florence W. Patten, VisionGate, Inc. (United States)
Anthony P. Reeves, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Eric J. Seibel, Univ. of Washington (United States)

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