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Quantum dot imaging in the second near-infrared optical window: studies on reflectance fluorescence imaging depths by effective fluence rate and multiple image acquisition

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Yebin Jung, Sanghwa Jeong, Won Nayoun, Boeun Ahn

Pohang University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, 77 Cheongam-ro, Nam-gu, Pohang 790-784, Republic of Korea

Jungheon Kwag

Pohang University of Science and Technology, School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering, 77 Cheongam-ro, Nam-gu, Pohang 790-784, Republic of Korea

Sang Geol Kim

Kyungpook National University, School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, 680 Gukchaebosang-ro, Joong-gu, Daegu 700-422, Republic of Korea

Sungjee Kim

Pohang University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, 77 Cheongam-ro, Nam-gu, Pohang 790-784, Republic of Korea

Pohang University of Science and Technology, School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering, 77 Cheongam-ro, Nam-gu, Pohang 790-784, Republic of Korea

J. Biomed. Opt. 20(4), 046012 (Apr 28, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.20.4.046012
History: Received January 26, 2015; Accepted April 2, 2015
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Abstract.  Quantum dot (QD) imaging capability was investigated by the imaging depth at a near-infrared second optical window (SOW; 1000 to 1400 nm) using time-modulated pulsed laser excitations to control the effective fluence rate. Various media, such as liquid phantoms, tissues, and in vivo small animals, were used and the imaging depths were compared with our predicted values. The QD imaging depth under excitation of continuous 20mW/cm2 laser was determined to be 10.3 mm for 2 wt% hemoglobin phantom medium and 5.85 mm for 1 wt% intralipid phantom, which were extended by more than two times on increasing the effective fluence rate to 2000mW/cm2. Bovine liver and porcine skin tissues also showed similar enhancement in the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) values. A QD sample was inserted into the abdomen of a mouse. With a higher effective fluence rate, the CNR increased more than twofold and the QD sample became clearly visualized, which was completely undetectable under continuous excitation. Multiple acquisitions of QD images and averaging process pixel by pixel were performed to overcome the thermal noise issue of the detector in SOW, which yielded significant enhancement in the imaging capability, showing up to a 1.5 times increase in the CNR.

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Yebin Jung ; Sanghwa Jeong ; Won Nayoun ; Boeun Ahn ; Jungheon Kwag, et al.
"Quantum dot imaging in the second near-infrared optical window: studies on reflectance fluorescence imaging depths by effective fluence rate and multiple image acquisition", J. Biomed. Opt. 20(4), 046012 (Apr 28, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.20.4.046012


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