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Opt Express. 2008 Sep 1;16(18):13624-36.

Dual-beam Fourier domain optical Doppler tomography of zebrafish.

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Physical Sciences Inc, 20 New England Business Center, Andover MA 01810, USA.


We have developed a dual-beam Fourier domain optical Doppler tomography (FD-ODT) system to image zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae. Two beams incident on the zebrafish with a fixed angular separation allow absolute blood flow velocity measurement to be made regardless of vessel orientation in a sagittal plane along which the heart and most of the major vasculature lie. Two spectrometers simultaneously acquire spectra from two interferometers with a typical (maximum) line rate of 18 (28) kHz. The system was calibrated using diluted milk and microspheres and a 0.5-mm thick flow cell. The average deviation from the set velocity from 1.4 to 34.6 mm/s was 4.1%. Three-dimensional structural raster videos were acquired of an entire fish, and through the head, heart, and upper tail of the fish. Coarse features that were resolved include the telencephalon, retina, both heart chambers (atrium and ventricle), branchial arches, and notochord. Other fine structures within these organs were also resolved. Zebrafish are an important tool for high-throughput screening of new pharmacological agents. The ability to generate high-resolution three-dimensional structural videos and accurately measure absolute flow rates in major vessels with FD-ODT provides researchers with additional metrics by which the efficacy of new drugs can be assessed.

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