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Annu Rev Anal Chem (Palo Alto Calif). 2008;1:883-909. doi: 10.1146/annurev.anchem.1.031207.112754.

Coherent anti-stokes Raman scattering microscopy: chemical imaging for biology and medicine.

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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.


Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy is a label-free imaging technique that is capable of real-time, nonperturbative examination of living cells and organisms based on molecular vibrational spectroscopy. Recent advances in detection schemes, understanding of contrast mechanisms, and developments of laser sources have enabled superb sensitivity and high time resolution. Emerging applications, such as metabolite and drug imaging and tumor identification, raise many exciting new possibilities for biology and medicine.

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