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Characterization of atherosclerotic plaque-depositions by infrared, Raman and CARS microscopy
Author(s): Christian Matthäus; Gero Bergner; Christoph Krafft; Benjamin Dietzek; Bernd F. M. Romeike; Bernhard R. Brehm; Jürgen Popp
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Paper Abstract

Atherosclerotic plaques are mainly composed of proteoglycans, triglycerides, cholesterol, cholesterolester and crystalline calcium. From histopathological characterizations it is known that the composition of these atherosclerotic plaques can vary to a great extent, due to different risk factors as smoking, hyperlipedemia, or genetic background ect. The individual plaque components can be spectroscopically easily identified. Furthermore, spectroscopic imaging technologies offer the possibility to study the plaque compositions in a more quantitative manner than traditional staining techniques. Here, we compare the potential of IR, Raman and CARS microscopy to characterize the constitution of atherosclerotic plaques as well as the structure of the surrounding tissue. For data analysis and image reconstruction spectral decomposition algorithms such as vertex component analysis (VCA) were introduced. The results are in good agreement with the histopathology. Aim of the study is to correlate the compositional characteristics of atherosclerotic plaques with individual disease patterns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8087, Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging II, 80871D (14 June 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.890846
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Christian Matthäus, Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V. (Germany)
Gero Bergner, Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V. (Germany)
Christoph Krafft, Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V. (Germany)
Benjamin Dietzek, Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V. (Germany)
Bernd F. M. Romeike, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. of Jena (Germany)
Bernhard R. Brehm, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. of Jena (Germany)
Jürgen Popp, Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V. (Germany)
Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. of Jena (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8087:
Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging II
Nirmala Ramanujam; Jürgen Popp, Editor(s)

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