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Combined photoacoustic and fluorescence label-free microscopy for the ex-vivo investigation of ocular tissues
Author(s): George J. Tserevelakis; Kostas G. Mavrakis; Danai Pantazopoulou; Eleni Karamouzi; Stella Avtzi; Miltiadis K. Tsilimbaris; Eleni Lagoudaki; Efstathios Detorakis; Giannis Zacharakis
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate the application of an extended field of view microscope, combining photoacoustic and fluorescence label-free contrast modalities, for the ex vivo investigation of ocular tissues including the ciliary muscle in healthy rabbit eyes and surgical biopsies of benign nevi removed from human eyes. In the case of ciliary muscle samples, the intrinsic photoacoustic and the glutaraldehyde-induced autofluorescence signals were observed to be spatially complementary, offering specific and high resolution morphological information as regards to Pars plana and Pars plicata ciliary body portions, iris, and zonule fiber strands. On the other hand, the biopsy samples presented a remarkable spatial overlap of the two signals in the nevus region, indicating a positive correlation between them. The bimodal microscopy approach presented in this work, has the potential to contribute in the understanding of the physiological function of the eye involving the detailed study of the ocular accommodation system and the elucidation of ageing effects such as presbyopia. Finally, the proposed hybrid diagnostic approach could be employed for the differentiation between benign and malignant intraocular tumors of the uvea in surgical biopsies, simplifying the relevant procedures for this purpose.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2019
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 11077, Opto-Acoustic Methods and Applications in Biophotonics IV, 110771C (19 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2526580
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George J. Tserevelakis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Kostas G. Mavrakis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Danai Pantazopoulou, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Eleni Karamouzi, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Stella Avtzi, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Univ. of Crete School of Medicine (Greece)
Miltiadis K. Tsilimbaris, Univ. of Crete School of Medicine (Greece)
Eleni Lagoudaki, Univ. General Hospital of Heraklion (Greece)
Efstathios Detorakis, Univ. of Crete School of Medicine (Greece)
Giannis Zacharakis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11077:
Opto-Acoustic Methods and Applications in Biophotonics IV
Vasilis Ntziachristos; Roger Zemp, Editor(s)

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