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Embryo viscoelasticity measurement by fiber optic system: system development and model experiment
Author(s): Harumi Itoh; Tsunenori Arai; Makoto Kikuchi; Naoko Morita; Minoru Obara
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Paper Abstract

To establish a non-invasive measurement method for human embryo viability, we studied the fiber-optic dynamic viscoelasticity measurement system. We measured the dynamic viscoelasticity of the gelatin gel model by optical monitoring of the displacement, stress and their phase difference. We measured the reflected light power change of the model surface by a single optical fiber to obtain the displacement of the surface. The dimensions of the gelatin cube model were 1 X 1 X 1cm. A He-Ne laser with 632.8nm in wavelength was used as an illumination light source. A thin single optical fiber with 200 micrometers in core diameter was used both for the illumination and detection. A solenoid-actuator was used to vibrate the model. In the surface displacement ranging from 230 micrometers to 400 micrometers , we carried out the linear relation between the reflected light power change and displacement. We measured the dynamic viscoelasticity in gelatin concentration from 2.5 percent to 7.5 percent. Since the dynamic viscoelasticity of the gelatin increased linearly with increasing of the gelatin concentration, the displacement obtained by the reflected light power measurement can be applicable to obtain the dynamic viscoelasticity. We demonstrated that the efficacy of the novel simple non-invasive dynamic viscoelasticity measurement using the thin optical fiber. This system may be applicable to live embryo measurement with minor reconstruction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3253, Biomedical Sensing and Imaging Technologies, (1 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308019
Show Author Affiliations
Harumi Itoh, National Defense Medical College (Japan)
Tsunenori Arai, National Defense Medical College (Japan)
Makoto Kikuchi, National Defense Medical College (Japan)
Naoko Morita, Keio Univ. (Japan)
Minoru Obara, Keio Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3253:
Biomedical Sensing and Imaging Technologies
Robert A. Lieberman; Tuan Vo-Dinh, Editor(s)

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