Multimodal imaging needle combining optical coherence tomography and fluorescence for imaging of live breast cancer cells labeled with a fluorescent analog of tamoxifen

Loretta Scolaro, Dirk Lorenser, Bryden C. Quirk, Rodney W. Kirk, Louisa A. Ho, Elizabeth Thomas, Jiawen Li, Christobel M. Saunders, David D. Sampson, Rebecca O. Fuller, Robert A. McLaughlin

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Abstract

SIGNIFICANCE: Imaging needles consist of highly miniaturized focusing optics encased within a hypodermic needle. The needles may be inserted tens of millimeters into tissue and have the potential to visualize diseased cells well beyond the penetration depth of optical techniques applied externally. Multimodal imaging needles acquire multiple types of optical signals to differentiate cell types. However, their use has not previously been demonstrated with live cells. AIM: We demonstrate the ability of a multimodal imaging needle to differentiate cell types through simultaneous optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fluorescence imaging. APPROACH: We characterize the performance of a multimodal imaging needle. This is paired with a fluorescent analog of the therapeutic drug, tamoxifen, which enables cell-specific fluorescent labeling of estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer cells. We perform simultaneous OCT and fluorescence in situ imaging on MCF-7 ER+ breast cancer cells and MDA-MB-231 ER- cells. Images are compared against unlabeled control samples and correlated with standard confocal microscopy images. RESULTS: We establish the feasibility of imaging live cells with these miniaturized imaging probes by showing clear differentiation between cancerous cells. CONCLUSIONS: Imaging needles have the potential to aid in the detection of specific cancer cells within solid tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Article number076004
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022

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