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Ultrahigh-resolution in-vivo versus ex-vivo OCT imaging and tissue preservation
Author(s): Constantinos Pitris; Tony H. Ko; Wolfgang Drexler; Ravi K. Ghanta; Xing De Li; Christian C. Chudoba; Ingmar Hartl; James G. Fujimoto; Michael E. Weinstein
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Paper Abstract

Many studies have been performed which compare ex-vivo OCT imaging to histopathology in a wide range of tissues and organ systems. While some tissues, such as arterial pathology or cartilage, are relatively stable post mortem, others, such as epithelial tissues, exhibit rapid degradation. It is important to preserve these tissues with minimal changes in morphology relative to their in vivo state in order to enable meaningful ex vivo OCT imaging studies. In this paper, we investigate the differences between in vivo and ex vivo OCT imaging and the effect of different tissue preservation solutions on tissue degradation and image quality. Ultrahigh resolution OCT imaging was preformed using a Ti:Al2O3 light source with 2 micrometers axial and 5 micrometers transverse resolution, using the hamster cheek pouch as a model for epithelial tissue. Tissue preservation solutions examined included: low temperature saline, room temperature saline, phosphate buffered sucrose, University of Wisconsin solution, and 10% formalin. Results of in vivo versus ex vivo ultrahigh resolution OCT imaging indicate that changes in optical properties and image degradation occur on a rapid time scale (in minutes) for all preservation solutions except formalin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2001
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4251, Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications V, (23 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.427889
Show Author Affiliations
Constantinos Pitris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Tony H. Ko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Wolfgang Drexler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Austria)
Ravi K. Ghanta, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Xing De Li, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Christian C. Chudoba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Ingmar Hartl, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
James G. Fujimoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Michael E. Weinstein, Brigham and Women's Hospital (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4251:
Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications V
Valery V. Tuchin; Joseph A. Izatt; James G. Fujimoto, Editor(s)

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