Research Papers: Imaging

Does optical microangiography provide accurate imaging of capillary vessels?: validation using multiphoton microscopy

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Hequn Wang, Utku Baran, Yuandong Li, Wan Qin, Ruikang K. Wang

University of Washington, Department of Bioengineering, Seattle, Washington 98195, United States

Wenbo Wang, Haishan Zeng

British Columbia Cancer Agency Research Centre, Imaging Unit – Integrative Oncology Department, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z1L3, Canada

J. Biomed. Opt. 19(10), 106011 (Oct 23, 2014). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.19.10.106011
History: Received June 5, 2014; Revised September 6, 2014; Accepted September 17, 2014
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Abstract.  Optical microangiography (OMAG) has been extensively utilized to study three-dimensional tissue vasculature in vivo. However, with the limited image resolution (10μm) of the commonly used systems, some concerns were raised: (1) whether OMAG is capable of providing the imaging of capillary vessels that are of an average diameter of 6μm; (2) if yes, whether OMAG can provide meaningful quantification of vascular density within the scanned tissue volume. Multiphoton microscopy (MPM) is capable of depth-resolved high-resolution (1μm) imaging of biological tissue structures. With externally labeled plasma, the vascular network including single capillaries can be well visualized. We compare the vascular images of in vivo mouse brain acquired by both OMAG and MPM systems. We found that within the penetration depth range of the MPM system, OMAG is able to accurately visualize blood vessels including capillaries. Although the resolution of OMAG may not be able to 100% resolve two closely packed tiny capillaries in tissue, it is still capable of visualizing most of the capillaries because there are interstitial tissue spaces between them. We believe our validation results reinforce the application of OMAG in microvasculature-related studies.

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Hequn Wang ; Utku Baran ; Yuandong Li ; Wan Qin ; Wenbo Wang, et al.
"Does optical microangiography provide accurate imaging of capillary vessels?: validation using multiphoton microscopy", J. Biomed. Opt. 19(10), 106011 (Oct 23, 2014). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.19.10.106011


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