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Biomed Opt Express. 2012 May 1;3(5):911-9. doi: 10.1364/BOE.3.000911. Epub 2012 Apr 10.

Speckle variance optical coherence tomography of the rodent spinal cord: in vivo feasibility.


Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has the combined advantage of high temporal (µsec) and spatial (<10µm) resolution. These features make it an attractive tool to study the dynamic relationship between neural activity and the surrounding blood vessels in the spinal cord, a topic that is poorly understood. Here we present work that aims to optimize an in vivo OCT imaging model of the rodent spinal cord. In this study we image the microvascular networks of both rats and mice using speckle variance OCT. This is the first report of depth resolved imaging of the in vivo spinal cord using an entirely endogenous contrast mechanism.


(110.4500) Optical coherence tomography; (170.2655) Functional monitoring and imaging; (170.3880) Medical and biological imaging

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