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Gundy, S,Van der Putten, W,Shearer, A,Buckton, D,Ryder, AG,Ball, M,Blau, WJ,Donegan, JF,Duke, AF,MacCraith, JA,McMillan, ND,OConnor, GM,OMongain, E,Toal, V,McLaughlin, JA
OPTO-IRELAND 2002: OPTICS AND PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS, PTS 1 AND 2
Time-gated fluorescence imaging of chloroaluminum phthalocyanine tetrasulfonate in a tissue phantom
2003
March
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fluorescence lifetime tumour detection phthalocyanine lifetime imaging autofluorescence SPECTROSCOPY SCATTERING PORPHYRIN NM
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Phthalocyanine derivatives. are currently under investigation for use in Photodynamic Therapy, which is a promising treatment, for cancer. These materials, which display preferential uptake in cancerous cells, also exhibit high fluorescence yields; and can be used for tumour detection. Problems with steady-state fluorescence techniques such as background autofluorescence can be eliminated by the use of time-resolved techniques. Improved contrast can be obtained with time-resolved techniques because of the differing lifetimes between endogenous and exogenous photosensitisers. An imaging system was constructed using a fast (200 psec) gated CCD camera and a pulsed 635 rim laser diode. A tissue phantom was assembled to test the system by drilling thirty-six wells of varying diameter and depth (10 mm to 1 mm) into a block of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). The system was used to record images of chloroaluminum phthalocyanine tetrasulfonate within the-wells at differing concentrations in phosphate buffer. A mixture of 1) Intralipid to mimic tissue scatter, 2) Evans blue to mimic tissue absorption, and 3) zinc phthalocyanine tetrasulfonate to mimic-healthy tissue:autofluorescence of varying depth was placed on top of the PMMA block. These results contribute to the precision of a time-gated imaging system to image living organisms using fluorescence lifetimes.
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