28 April 2005 A multiprojection noncontact fluorescence tomography setup for imaging arbitrary geometries
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Optical imaging and tomography in tissues can facilitate the quantitative study of several important chromophores and fluorophores in-vivo. Due to this fact, there has been great interest in developing imaging systems offering quantitative information on the location and concentration of chromophores and fluorescent probes. However, most imaging systems currently used in research make use of fiber technology for delivery and detection, which restricts the size of the photon collecting arrays leading to insufficient spatial sampling and field of view. To enable large data sets and full 360o angular measurements, we developed a novel imaging system that enables 3D imaging of fluorescent signals in bodies of arbitrary shapes in a non-contact geometry in combination with a 3D surface reconstruction algorithm. The system consists of a rotating subject holder and a lens coupled Charge Coupled Device (CCD) camera in combination with a fiber coupled laser scanning device. An Argon ion laser is used as the source and different filters are used for the detection of various fluorophores or fluorescing proteins. With this new setup a large measurements dataset can be achieved while the use of inversion models give a high capacity for quantitative 3D reconstruction of fluorochrome distributions as well as high spatial resolution. The system is currently being tested in the observation of the distribution of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) expressing T-lymphocytes in order to study the function of the immune system in a murine model.
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H. Meyer, H. Meyer, A. Garofalakis, A. Garofalakis, G. Zacharakis, G. Zacharakis, E. N. Economou, E. N. Economou, C. Mamalaki, C. Mamalaki, D. Kioussis, D. Kioussis, V. Ntziachristos, V. Ntziachristos, J. Ripoll, J. Ripoll, "A multiprojection noncontact fluorescence tomography setup for imaging arbitrary geometries", Proc. SPIE 5693, Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue VI, (28 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.590837; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.590837

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