10 February 2007 In vivo multiphoton endoscopy of endogenous skin fluorophores
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Multiphoton tomography offers a painless method to examine patients under natural physiological conditions in vivo. Multiphoton excitation induces a weak autofluorescence of naturally endogenous fluorescent bio-molecules, such as flavines, NAD(P)H, metal-free porphyrines, components of lipofuscin, elastin and keratin. Additionally, collagen can be detected by second harmonic generation (SHG). Due to the nonlinearity, the effects occur only in a very tight focus, where the photon density is high enough. This leads to high axial and lateral resolution of <1μm without any need of a confocal detection and avoids out-of-focus damage. The limited depth range, given by the working distance of the focusing optics, is overcome with a gradient index-lens (GRIN-lens) based endoscope. In this work we present the first results of clinical applications in vivo of gradient-index lens endoscopes. Images of e.g. elastin and collagen (SHG) in the dermal layer of human skin are presented.
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Alexander Ehlers, Alexander Ehlers, Selma Schenkl, Selma Schenkl, Iris Riemann, Iris Riemann, Bernhard Messerschmidt, Bernhard Messerschmidt, Martin Kaatz, Martin Kaatz, Rainer Bückle, Rainer Bückle, Karsten König, Karsten König, } "In vivo multiphoton endoscopy of endogenous skin fluorophores", Proc. SPIE 6442, Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences VII, 64421Y (10 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.702394; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.702394

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