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J Biomed Opt. 2010 May-Jun;15(3):030510. doi: 10.1117/1.3432654.

Label-free and highly sensitive optical imaging of detailed microcirculation within meninges and cortex in mice with the cranium left intact.


We demonstrate for the first time that the detailed blood flow distribution within intracranial dura mater and cortex can be visualized by an ultrahigh sensitive optical microangiography (UHS-OMAG). The study uses an UHS-OMAG system operating at 1310 nm with an imaging speed at 150 frames per second that requires approximately 10 s to complete one 3-D scan of approximately 2.5 x 2.5 mm(2). The system is sensitive to blood flow with a velocity ranging from approximately 4 microms to approximately 23 mms. We show superior performance of UHS-OMAG in providing functional images of capillary level microcirculation within meninges in mice with the cranium left intact, the results of which correlate well with the standard dural histopathology.

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