Ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence elastography

Andrea Curatolo, M. Villiger, Dirk Lorenser, Philip Wijesinghe, A. Fritz, Brendan Kennedy, David Sampson

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Visualizing stiffness within the local tissue environment at the cellular and subcellular level promises to provide insight into the genesis and progression of disease. In this Letter, we propose ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence elastography (UHROCE), and demonstrate 3D imaging of local axial strain of tissues undergoing compressive loading. We combine optical coherence microscopy (OCM) and phase-sensitive detection of local tissue displacement to produce strain elastograms with resolution (x,y,z) of 2×2×15  μm . We demonstrate this performance on a freshly excised mouse aorta and reveal the mechanical heterogeneity of vascular smooth muscle cells and elastin sheets, otherwise unresolved in a typical, lower resolution optical coherence elastography (OCE) system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-24
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number1
Early online date16 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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