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Augmented microscopy with near-infrared fluorescence detection
Author(s): Jeffrey R. Watson; Nikolay Martirosyan; Jesse Skoch M.D.; Michael Lemole Jr.; Rein Anton M.D.; Marek Romanowski
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Paper Abstract

Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence has become a frequently used intraoperative technique for image-guided surgical interventions. In procedures such as cerebral angiography, surgeons use the optical surgical microscope for the color view of the surgical field, and then switch to an electronic display for the NIR fluorescence images. However, the lack of stereoscopic, real-time, and on-site coregistration adds time and uncertainty to image-guided surgical procedures. To address these limitations, we developed the augmented microscope, whereby the electronically processed NIR fluorescence image is overlaid with the anatomical optical image in real-time within the optical path of the microscope. In vitro, the augmented microscope can detect and display indocyanine green (ICG) concentrations down to 94.5 nM, overlaid with the anatomical color image. We prepared polyacrylamide tissue phantoms with embedded polystyrene beads, yielding scattering properties similar to brain matter. In this model, 194 μM solution of ICG was detectable up to depths of 5 mm. ICG angiography was then performed in anesthetized rats. A dynamic process of ICG distribution in the vascular system overlaid with anatomical color images was observed and recorded. In summary, the augmented microscope demonstrates NIR fluorescence detection with superior real-time coregistration displayed within the ocular of the stereomicroscope. In comparison to other techniques, the augmented microscope retains full stereoscopic vision and optical controls including magnification and focus, camera capture, and multiuser access. Augmented microscopy may find application in surgeries where the use of traditional microscopes can be enhanced by contrast agents and image guided delivery of therapeutics, including oncology, neurosurgery, and ophthalmology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2015
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9311, Molecular-Guided Surgery: Molecules, Devices, and Applications, 93110I (4 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2077008
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey R. Watson, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Nikolay Martirosyan, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jesse Skoch M.D., The Univ. of Arizona Medical Ctr. (United States)
Michael Lemole Jr., The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Rein Anton M.D., The Univ. of Arizona Medical Ctr. (United States)
Marek Romanowski, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9311:
Molecular-Guided Surgery: Molecules, Devices, and Applications
Brian W. Pogue; Sylvain Gioux, Editor(s)

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