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Fluorescence imaging spectroscopy utilising acousto-optic tuneable filters
Author(s): Mounir Bouhifd; Maurice P. Whelan; Marc Aprahamian
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Paper Abstract

A novel prototype instrument for mutli-spectral imaging applications is described. The device is based on an acousto-optic tuneable filter (AOTF) that can be easily attached to many standard imaging systems (e.g. endoscope or fluorescence microscope). The instrument developed offers significant advantages over typical fixed-filter based systems in terms of flexibility, performance and diagnostic potential. The selected AOTF was designed to have a large acceptance aperture suitable for imaging applications. Any filtering centre-wavelength in the visible range (450 to 700nm) can be rapidly selected by either random access or by continuous tuning thus providing a versatile performance. The prototype instrument has been demonstrated for in-vivo applications where it was attached to the eyepiece of a commercial endoscope allowing simultaneous white light and fluorescence endoscopy. Autofluorescence of endogenous protoporphyrin IX (PpIX), a biomarker of diseased tissues undergoing an inflammatory response, was mapped in vivo on a rat model. The AOTF device was also coupled to the viewing port of a commercial fluorescence microscope thus realising a powerful fluorescence imaging spectrometer capable of detecting and mapping fluorescent biomolecules in vitro.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5826, Opto-Ireland 2005: Optical Sensing and Spectroscopy, (3 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.605088
Show Author Affiliations
Mounir Bouhifd, European Commission/Joint Research Ctr. (Italy)
Maurice P. Whelan, European Commission/Joint Research Ctr. (Italy)
Marc Aprahamian, INSERM (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5826:
Opto-Ireland 2005: Optical Sensing and Spectroscopy
Gerard D. O'Sullivan; Brian D. MacCraith; Hugh James Byrne; Enda McGlynn; Alan G. Ryder, Editor(s)

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