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4 March 2019 Hyperspectral imaging fluorescence excitation scanning spectral characteristics of remodeled mouse arteries
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Coronary artery disease (CAD), or atherosclerosis, is responsible for nearly a third of all American deaths annually. Detection of plaques and differentiation of plaque stage remains a complicating factor for treatment. Classification of plaque before significant blockage or rupture could inform clinical decisions and prevent mortality. Current detection methods are either nonspecific, slow, or require the use of potentially harmful contrast agents. Recent advances in hyperspectral imaging could be used to detect changes in the autofluorescence of arteries associated with vessel remodeling and subsequent plaque formation and could detect and classify existing lesions. Here, we present data comparing spectral image characteristics of a mouse model designed to undergo vessel remodeling.

C57Bl/6 mice underwent ligation of three of four caudal branches of the left common carotid artery (left external carotid, internal carotid, and occipital artery) with the superior thyroid artery left intact under IACUC approved protocol. Vessels were harvested at a variety of timepoints to compare degrees of remodeling, including 4 weeks and 5 months post-surgery. Immediately following harvest, vessels were prepared by longitudinal opening to expose the luminal surface to a 20X objective. A custom inverted microscope (TE-2000, Nikon Instruments) with a Xe arc lamp and thin film tunable filter arrary (Versachrome, Semrock, Inc.) were used to achieve spectral imaging. Excitation scans utilized wavelengths between 340 nm and 550 nm in 5 nm increments. Hyperspectral data were generated and analyzed with custom Matlab scripts and visualized in ENVI. Preliminary data suggest consistent spectral features associated with control and remodeled vessels.
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Joshua Deal, Stuart J. McFarland, Anna Robinson, Anna Alford, David Weber, Thomas C. Rich, and Silas J. Leavesley "Hyperspectral imaging fluorescence excitation scanning spectral characteristics of remodeled mouse arteries", Proc. SPIE 10890, Label-free Biomedical Imaging and Sensing (LBIS) 2019, 108902M (4 March 2019);

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