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In-vivo non-invasive multiphoton tomography of human skin
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Paper Abstract

High resolution non-invasive 3D imaging devices are required to detect pathogenic microorganisms such as Anthrax spores, bacteria, viruses, fungi and chemical agents entering biological tissues such as the epidermis. Due to the low light penetration depth and the biodamage potential, ultraviolet light sources can not be employed to realize intratissue imaging of bio- and chemohazards. We report on the novel near infrared laser technology multiphoton tomography and the high resolution 4D imaging tool DermaInspect for non-invasive detection of intratissue agents and their influence on cellular metabolism based on multiphoton autofluorescence imaging (MAI) and second harmonic generation (SHG). Femtosecond laser pulses in the spectral range of 750 nm to 850 nm have been used to image in vivo human skin with subcellular spatial and picosecond temporal resolution. The non-linear induced autofluorescence of both, skin tissues and microorganisms, originates mainly from naturally endogenous fluorophores/protein structures like NAD(P)H, flavins, keratin, collagen, elastin, porphyrins and melanin. Bacteria emit in the blue/green spectral range due to NAD(P)H and flavoproteins and, in certain cases, in the red spectral range due to the biosynthesis of Zn-porphyrins, coproporphyrin and protoporphyrin. Collagen and exogenous non-centrosymmetric molecules can be detected by SHG signals. The system DermaInspect consists of a wavelength-tunable compact 80/90 MHz Ti:sapphire laser, a scan module with galvo scan mirrors, piezo-driven objective, fast photon detector and time-resolved single photon counting unit. It can be used to perform optical sectioning and 3D autofluorescence lifetime imaging (τ-mapping) with 1 μm spatial resolution and 270 ps temporal resolution. The parameter fluorescence lifetime depends on the type of fluorophore and its microenvironment and can be used to distinguish bio- and chemohazards from cellular background and to gain information for pathogen identification. The novel in vivo non-invasive imaging system offers the possibility to detect and to localize CB agents in tissues and to gain information on their impact on respiratory chain activity, cell division and metabolism. The system DermaInspect can also be used to detect food and water contamination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5990, Optically Based Materials and Optically Based Biological and Chemical Sensing for Defence II, 59900W (28 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.629658
Show Author Affiliations
Karsten König, Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Technology (Germany)
JenLab GmbH (Germany)
Iris Riemann, Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Technology (Germany)
Alexander Ehlers, Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Technology (Germany)
Ronan Le Harzic, Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Technology (Germany)
JenLab GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5990:
Optically Based Materials and Optically Based Biological and Chemical Sensing for Defence II
Anthony W. Vere; James G. Grote; Francois Kajzar; John C. Carrano; Arturas Zukauskas, Editor(s)

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