Line scanning, stage scanning confocal microscope (LSSSCM)

Biomed Opt Express. 2017 Jul 24;8(8):3807-3815. doi: 10.1364/BOE.8.003807. eCollection 2017 Aug 1.


For rapid pathological assessment of large surgical tissue excisions with cellular resolution, we present a line scanning, stage scanning confocal microscope (LSSSCM). LSSSCM uses no scanning mirrors. Laser light is focused with a single cylindrical lens to a line of diffraction-limited width directly into the (Z) sample focal plane, which is parallel to and near the flattened specimen surface. Semi-confocal optical sections are derived from the linear array distribution (Y) and a single mechanical drive that moves the sample parallel to the focal plane and perpendicular to the focused line (X). LSSSCM demonstrates cellular resolution in the conditions of high nuclear density within micronodular basal cell carcinoma.

Keywords: (110.0180) Microscopy; (170.1790) Confocal microscopy; (170.1870) Dermatology; (170.5810) Scanning microscopy; (170.7050) Turbid media.