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Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2004 Aug;3(8):795-801. Epub 2004 Jun 4.

Time-domain fluorescence lifetime imaging applied to biological tissue.

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  • 1Photonics Group, Physics Department, Imperial College London, London, UK.


Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) is a functional imaging methodology that can provide information, not only concerning the localisation of specific fluorophores, but also about the local fluorophore environment. It may be implemented in scanning confocal or multi-photon microscopes, or in wide-field microscopes and endoscopes. When applied to tissue autofluorescence, it reveals intrinsic excellent contrast between different types and states of tissue. This article aims to review our recent progress in developing time-domain FLIM technology for microscopy and endoscopy and applying it to biological tissue.

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