The concept of a multispectral confocal microscope for <i>in vivo</i> imaging is introduced. To demonstrate the concept we modified a slit-scan fluorescence confocal microendoscope incorporating a fiber-optic catheter for <i>in vivo</i> imaging to record multispectral images. The system was designed to examine cellular structures during optical biopsy and to exploit the diagnostic information contained within the spectral domain. Preliminary experiments were carried out in phantoms and cell cultures to demonstrate the potential of the technique.
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(170.1790) Medical optics and biotechnology : Confocal microscopy
(170.2150) Medical optics and biotechnology : Endoscopic imaging
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
Andrew R. Rouse and Arthur F. Gmitro, "Multispectral imaging with a confocal microendoscope," Opt. Lett. 25, 1708-1710 (2000)