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Nonlinear optical microscopy and computational analysis of intrinsic signatures in breast cancer

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5 Author(s)
Rueden, C.T. ; Lab. for Opt. & Comput. Instrum., Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA ; Conklin, M.W. ; Provenzano, P.P. ; Keely, P.J.
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Recently, new non-invasive imaging methods have been developed and applied to cellular and animal mammary models that have enabled breast cancer researchers to track key players and events in mammary metastasis. Noninvasive nonlinear optical methods such as multiphoton laser scanning microscopy (MPLSM), Fluorescence Lifetime Microscopy (FLIM) and second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging provide an unrivaled ability for obtaining high-resolution images from deep within tissue that can be exploited in the quest to understand breast cancer progression. These optical methods can add greatly to our knowledge of cancer progression by allowing key processes to be non-invasively imaged such as metabolism (on the basis of free and bound NADH detection via FLIM) and interactions with the extracellular matrix (SHG imaging of collagen). In this short application note we present a survey of our latest optical and computational efforts to study intrinsic fluorescence in breast cancer models. In particular we present the latest development in our SLIM Plotter application, an open source visualization program for interactive visualization and inspection of combined spectral lifetime (SLIM) data.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2009. EMBC 2009. Annual International Conference of the IEEE

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3-6 Sept. 2009