Multimodal imaging system combining optical coherence tomography and Brillouin microscopy for neural tube imaging

Opt Lett. 2022 Mar 15;47(6):1347-1350. doi: 10.1364/OL.453996.


To understand the dynamics of tissue stiffness during neural tube formation and closure in a murine model, we have developed a multimodal, coaligned imaging system combining optical coherence tomography (OCT) and Brillouin microscopy. Brillouin microscopy can map the longitudinal modulus of tissue but cannot provide structural images. Thus, it is limited for imaging dynamic processes such as neural tube formation and closure. To overcome this limitation, we have combined Brillouin microscopy and OCT in one coaligned instrument. OCT provided depth-resolved structural imaging with a micrometer-scale spatial resolution to guide stiffness mapping by Brillouin modality. 2D structural and Brillouin frequency shift maps were acquired of mouse embryos at gestational day (GD) 8.5, 9.5, and 10.5 with the multimodal system. The results demonstrate the capability of the system to obtain structural and stiffness information simultaneously.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Mice
  • Microscopy* / methods
  • Multimodal Imaging
  • Neural Tube
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence* / methods