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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 3 — Feb. 29, 2012

Refractive index measurement of acute rat brain tissue slices using optical coherence tomography

Jingjing Sun, Sung Jin Lee, Lei Wu, Malisa Sarntinoranont, and Huikai Xie  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 1084-1095 (2012)

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An optical coherence tomography (OCT) system employing a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) mirror was used to measure the refractive index (RI) of anatomically different regions in acute brain tissue slices, in which viability was maintained. RI was measured in white-matter and grey-matter regions, including the cerebral cortex, putamen, hippocampus, thalamus and corpus callosum. The RI in the corpus callosum was found to be ~4% higher than the RIs in other regions. Changes in RI with tissue deformation were also measured in the cerebral cortex and corpus callosum under uniform compression (20-80% strain). For 80% strain, measured RIs increased nonlinearly by up to 70% and 90% in the cerebral cortex and corpus callosum respectively. Knowledge of RI in heterogeneous tissues can be used to correct distorted optical images caused by RI variations between different regions. Also deformation-dependent changes in RI can be applied to OCT elastography or to mechanical tests based on optical imaging such as indentation tests.

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OCIS Codes
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(290.3030) Scattering : Index measurements
(230.4685) Optical devices : Optical microelectromechanical devices

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: October 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 14, 2011
Published: January 4, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Jingjing Sun, Sung Jin Lee, Lei Wu, Malisa Sarntinoranont, and Huikai Xie, "Refractive index measurement of acute rat brain tissue slices using optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 20, 1084-1095 (2012)

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