Research Papers: Imaging

Fluorescence laminar optical tomography for brain imaging: system implementation and performance evaluation

[+] Author Affiliations
Mehdi Azimipour, Mahya Sheikhzadeh, Ryan Baumgartner, Ramin Pashaie

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, 3200 North Cramer Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211, United States

Patrick K. Cullen, Fred J. Helmstetter

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Psychology Department, 2441 East Hartford Avenue, 207 Garland Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211, United States

Woo-Jin Chang

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Mechanical Engineering Department, 3200 North Cramer Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211, United States

J. Biomed. Opt. 22(1), 016003 (Jan 05, 2017). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.22.1.016003
History: Received June 29, 2016; Accepted December 12, 2016
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Abstract.  We present our effort in implementing a fluorescence laminar optical tomography scanner which is specifically designed for noninvasive three-dimensional imaging of fluorescence proteins in the brains of small rodents. A laser beam, after passing through a cylindrical lens, scans the brain tissue from the surface while the emission signal is captured by the epi-fluorescence optics and is recorded using an electron multiplication CCD sensor. Image reconstruction algorithms are developed based on Monte Carlo simulation to model light–tissue interaction and generate the sensitivity matrices. To solve the inverse problem, we used the iterative simultaneous algebraic reconstruction technique. The performance of the developed system was evaluated by imaging microfabricated silicon microchannels embedded inside a substrate with optical properties close to the brain as a tissue phantom and ultimately by scanning brain tissue in vivo. Details of the hardware design and reconstruction algorithms are discussed and several experimental results are presented. The developed system can specifically facilitate neuroscience experiments where fluorescence imaging and molecular genetic methods are used to study the dynamics of the brain circuitries.

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Mehdi Azimipour ; Mahya Sheikhzadeh ; Ryan Baumgartner ; Patrick K. Cullen ; Fred J. Helmstetter, et al.
"Fluorescence laminar optical tomography for brain imaging: system implementation and performance evaluation", J. Biomed. Opt. 22(1), 016003 (Jan 05, 2017). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.22.1.016003


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