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J Biomed Opt. 2006 Jul-Aug;11(4):044011.

Doppler optical coherence tomography to monitor the effect of photodynamic therapy on tissue morphology and perfusion.

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  • 1University of Amsterdam, Academic Medical Center, Laser Center, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. M.C.Aalders@amc.uva.nl


We investigated the feasibility of using optical coherence tomography (OCT) for noninvasive real-time visualization of the vascular effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in normal and tumor tissue in mice. Perfusion control measurements were initially performed after administrating vaso-active drugs or clamping of the subcutaneous tumors. Subsequent measurements were made on tumor-bearing mice before and after PDT using the photosensitizer meta-tetrahydroxyphenylchlorin (mTHPC). Tumors were illuminated using either a short drug light interval (D-L, 3 h), when mTHPC is primarily located in the tumor vasculature or a long D-L interval (48 h), when the drug is distributed throughout the whole tumor. OCT enabled visualization of the different layers of tumor, and overlying skin with a maximal penetration of < or =0.5-1 mm. PDT with a short D-L interval resulted in a significant decrease of perfusion in the tumor periphery, to 20% of pre-treatment values at 160 min, whereas perfusion in the skin initially increased by 10% (at 25 min) and subsequently decreased to 60% of pre-treatment values (at 200 min). PDT with a long D-L interval did not induce significant changes in perfusion. The concept of using noninvasive OCT measurements for monitoring early, treatment-related changes in morphology and perfusion may have applications in evaluating effects of anti-angiogenic or antivascular (cancer) therapy.

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