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High-resolution imaging of microvasculature in human skin in-vivo with optical coherence tomography.

Liu G, Jia W, Sun V, Choi B, Chen Z - Opt Express (2012)

Bottom Line: The effects of beam scanning density, flow rate and the time interval between neighboring A-lines on the performance of this method were investigated.In comparison to laser speckle imaging maps of blood flow, we demonstrated the ability of the method to identify vessels with altered blood flow.These results collectively demonstrated the potential of the method to monitor the microvasculature during disease progression and in response to therapeutic intervention.

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Affiliation: Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California 92612, USA. gangjun@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
In this paper, the features of the intensity-based Doppler variance (IBDV) method were analyzed systemically with a flow phantom. The effects of beam scanning density, flow rate and the time interval between neighboring A-lines on the performance of this method were investigated. The IBDV method can be used to quantify the flow rate and its sensitivity can be improved by increasing the time interval between the neighboring A-lines. A higher sensitivity IBDV method that applies the algorithm along the slower scan direction was proposed. In comparison to laser speckle imaging maps of blood flow, we demonstrated the ability of the method to identify vessels with altered blood flow. In clinical measurements, we demonstrated the ability of the method to image vascular networks with exquisite spatial resolution and at depths up to 1.2 mm in human skin. These results collectively demonstrated the potential of the method to monitor the microvasculature during disease progression and in response to therapeutic intervention.

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In-vivo imaging of human finger skin. (a) The photograph shows the imaging location (area enclosed by white line) on the middle finger of the volunteer. (b) An OCT B-scan Image with the blue bars indicating the corresponding depth region for Fig. 5(c)~5(e). (c), (d) and (e) are the MIP view IF-IBDV images of microcirculation network at different depths with depths of: (c) 270 μm-450 μm (d) 450 μm-810 μm (e) 810 μm-1300 μm. (f) CED MIP view IBDV image for the depth of 270 μm-1300 μm. All scale bars in (b) and (c) represent 1 mm.
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g010: In-vivo imaging of human finger skin. (a) The photograph shows the imaging location (area enclosed by white line) on the middle finger of the volunteer. (b) An OCT B-scan Image with the blue bars indicating the corresponding depth region for Fig. 5(c)~5(e). (c), (d) and (e) are the MIP view IF-IBDV images of microcirculation network at different depths with depths of: (c) 270 μm-450 μm (d) 450 μm-810 μm (e) 810 μm-1300 μm. (f) CED MIP view IBDV image for the depth of 270 μm-1300 μm. All scale bars in (b) and (c) represent 1 mm.

Mentions: To further demonstrate the performance of this method, we imaged the skin on a finger of a healthy volunteer [region enclosed by white line in Fig. 10(a)Fig. 10


High-resolution imaging of microvasculature in human skin in-vivo with optical coherence tomography.

Liu G, Jia W, Sun V, Choi B, Chen Z - Opt Express (2012)

In-vivo imaging of human finger skin. (a) The photograph shows the imaging location (area enclosed by white line) on the middle finger of the volunteer. (b) An OCT B-scan Image with the blue bars indicating the corresponding depth region for Fig. 5(c)~5(e). (c), (d) and (e) are the MIP view IF-IBDV images of microcirculation network at different depths with depths of: (c) 270 μm-450 μm (d) 450 μm-810 μm (e) 810 μm-1300 μm. (f) CED MIP view IBDV image for the depth of 270 μm-1300 μm. All scale bars in (b) and (c) represent 1 mm.
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g010: In-vivo imaging of human finger skin. (a) The photograph shows the imaging location (area enclosed by white line) on the middle finger of the volunteer. (b) An OCT B-scan Image with the blue bars indicating the corresponding depth region for Fig. 5(c)~5(e). (c), (d) and (e) are the MIP view IF-IBDV images of microcirculation network at different depths with depths of: (c) 270 μm-450 μm (d) 450 μm-810 μm (e) 810 μm-1300 μm. (f) CED MIP view IBDV image for the depth of 270 μm-1300 μm. All scale bars in (b) and (c) represent 1 mm.
Mentions: To further demonstrate the performance of this method, we imaged the skin on a finger of a healthy volunteer [region enclosed by white line in Fig. 10(a)Fig. 10

Bottom Line: The effects of beam scanning density, flow rate and the time interval between neighboring A-lines on the performance of this method were investigated.In comparison to laser speckle imaging maps of blood flow, we demonstrated the ability of the method to identify vessels with altered blood flow.These results collectively demonstrated the potential of the method to monitor the microvasculature during disease progression and in response to therapeutic intervention.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California 92612, USA. gangjun@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
In this paper, the features of the intensity-based Doppler variance (IBDV) method were analyzed systemically with a flow phantom. The effects of beam scanning density, flow rate and the time interval between neighboring A-lines on the performance of this method were investigated. The IBDV method can be used to quantify the flow rate and its sensitivity can be improved by increasing the time interval between the neighboring A-lines. A higher sensitivity IBDV method that applies the algorithm along the slower scan direction was proposed. In comparison to laser speckle imaging maps of blood flow, we demonstrated the ability of the method to identify vessels with altered blood flow. In clinical measurements, we demonstrated the ability of the method to image vascular networks with exquisite spatial resolution and at depths up to 1.2 mm in human skin. These results collectively demonstrated the potential of the method to monitor the microvasculature during disease progression and in response to therapeutic intervention.

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