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Correlation of collagen synthesis with polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography imaging of in vitro human atherosclerosis

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Wen-Chuan Kuo, Jeou-Jong Shyu, En-Kuang Tien, Gwo-Jen Jan

National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)

Nai-Kuan Chou

National Taiwan Univ. Hospital (Taiwan)

Chih-Ming Lai

Ming Chuan Univ. (Taiwan)

Huan-Jang Huang, Chien Chou

National Yang-Ming Univ. (Taiwan)

Proc. SPIE 5690, Coherence Domain Optical Methods and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine IX, 563 (April 19, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.590220
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  • Coherence Domain Optical Methods and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine IX
  • Valery V. Tuchin; Joseph A. Izatt; James G. Fujimoto
  • San Jose, CA | January 22, 2005

abstract

Atherosclerosis is unquestionably the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. In the mean time, the worldwide importance of acute vascular syndromes is increasing. Because collagen fiber is a critical component of atherosclerotic lesions; it constitutes up to 60% of the total atherosclerotic plaque protein. The uncontrolled collagen accumulation leads to arterial stenosis, whereas excessive collagen breakdown weakens plaques thereby making them prone to rupture finally. Thus, in this study, we present the first application, to our knowledge, of using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) in human atherosclerosis. We demonstrate this technique for imaging of intensity, birefringence, and fast-axis orientation simultaneously in atherosclerotic plaques. This in vitro study suggests that the birefringence change in plaque is due to the prominent deposition of collagen according to the correlation of PS-OCT images with histological counterpart. Moreover, we can acquire quantitative criteria based on the change of polarization of incident beam to estimate whether the collagen synthesized is "too much" or "not enough". Thus by combining of high resolution intensity imaging and birefringence detection makes PS-OCT could be a potentially powerful tool for early assessment of atherosclerosis appearance and the prediction of plaque rupture in clinic.

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Wen-Chuan Kuo ; Jeou-Jong Shyu ; Nai-Kuan Chou ; Chih-Ming Lai ; En-Kuang Tien, et al.
"Correlation of collagen synthesis with polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography imaging of in vitro human atherosclerosis", Proc. SPIE 5690, Coherence Domain Optical Methods and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine IX, 563 (April 19, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.590220; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.590220


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