3D microphotonic probe for high resolution deep tissue imaging

Opt Express. 2019 Aug 5;27(16):22352-22362. doi: 10.1364/OE.27.022352.


Ultra-compact miniaturized optical components for microendoscopic tools and miniaturized microscopes are required for minimally invasive imaging. Current microendoscopic technologies used for deep tissue imaging procedures are limited to a large diameter and/or low resolution due to manufacturing restrictions. We demonstrate a platform for miniaturization of an optical imaging system for microendoscopic applications with a resolution of 1 µm. We designed our probe using cascaded micro-lenses and waveguides (lensguide) to achieve a probe as small as 100 µm x 100 µm with a field of view of 60 µm in diameter. We demonstrate wide-field microscopy based on our polymeric probe fabricated using photolithography and a two-photon polymerization process.