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Xun Jie Jeesmond Hong, C. S. Suchand Sandeep, V. K. Shinoj, Tin Aung, Veluchamy Amutha Barathi, Mani Baskaran, Vadakke Matham Murukeshan; Noninvasive and Noncontact Sequential Imaging of the Iridocorneal Angle and the Cornea of the Eye. Trans. Vis. Sci. Tech. 2020;9(5):1. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/tvst.9.5.1.
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High-resolution imaging of the critical anatomic structures of the eye, especially of the anterior chamber, in vivo, remains a challenge, even with currently available state-of-the-art medical imaging techniques. This study aims for the noninvasive and noncontact sequential imaging of the iridocorneal angle, especially the trabecular meshwork (TM) and the cornea of the eye in high-resolution using a newly developed imaging platform.
Bessel beam scanned light sheet fluorescence microscopy is used to attain high-resolution images of the TM. The ability of the Bessel beam to self-reconstruct around obstacles increases the image contrast at the TM region inside eye by reducing scattering and shadow artifacts. With minimal modifications, the excitation arm of the developed imaging system is adapted for noncontact, high-resolution corneal imaging.
High-resolution images of the TM structures and cellular-level corneal structures are obtained in ex vivo porcine eyes, and subsequently in New Zealand white rabbit, in vivo. The spatial resolution of the developed system is 2.19 µm and has a noncontact working distance of 20 mm.
A high-resolution imaging platform for noncontact sequential imaging of the TM and the cornea of the eye is developed. This imaging system is expected to be of potential interest in the evaluation and diagnosis of glaucoma and corneal diseases.
The developed prototype offers the plausibility of in vivo, noncontact, and high-resolution imaging of the iridocorneal angle and cornea of the eye that will aid clinicians in diagnosing open-angle glaucoma and corneal diseases better.
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