Oral diseases, especially oral cancers, are becoming serious health problems in humans. To image vasculatures and structures simultaneously in the human oral cavity which are tightly associated with various oral diseases, we develop a dual-modality portable optical resolution photoacoustic microscopy (ORPAM) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. This system utilizes a new rotary scanning mechanism and a compact design of the imaging head, making it portable and free of translation of the imaging interface or samples. Through the phantom experiments, both modalities yield high lateral resolutions of 8.1 μm (ORPAM) and 8.56 μm (OCT), respectively. The axial resolutions are measured to be 116.5 μm for ORPAM and 6.1 μm for OCT. In vivo imaging of a mouse ear was carried out to evaluate the performance of the system in biological tissues. In addition, in vivo oral imaging of a healthy human lip and monitoring recovery progress of a lip ulcer demonstrate the clinical potential of this system.
In vivo oral imaging with integrated portable photoacoustic microscopy and optical coherence tomography
Wei Qin, Weizhi Qi, Tian Jin, Heng Guo, Lei Xi; In vivo oral imaging with integrated portable photoacoustic microscopy and optical coherence tomography. Appl. Phys. Lett. 25 December 2017; 111 (26): 263704. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5006234
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