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Spectral doppler imaging of micro-vasculature response to laser irradiation

  • Author(s): Rao, B
  • Jia, W
  • Yu, L
  • Choi, B
  • Kurtz, RM
  • Sturart Nelson, J
  • Chen, Z
  • et al.

Published Web Location Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License

Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography (DOCT) imaging of in-vivo retinal blood flow was widely studied as efforts of research community to push this technology into clinic. Spectral Doppler imaging of DOCT has been demonstrated as a quantification method of in-vivo pulsatile retinal blood flow in human eye. This technology has the all the advantages inherited from OCT comparing to Doppler ultrasound. Comparing to normal spatial-distributed color Doppler imaging of DOCT, spectral Doppler imaging can reveal more haemodynamics details on the time dimension. Although resistance index (RI) of a micro-vascular can be measured in vivo from human retina, the clinical significance of RI easurements still needs to be investigated. In vitro experiment conduced with ultrasound has demonstrated the higher vascular resistance value is associated with the higher RI measured assuming the constant compliance of vascular tube. In this study, the rodent window-chamber model (RWCM) was used as a platform to investigate the RI change as the micro-vasculature response to laser irradiation. The higher RI was measured after the occlusion of two veins (should it be arterials) that was verified with laser speckle imaging in our preliminary experiment results. © 2009 SPIE.

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