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Improving nuclear morphometry imaging with real-time and low-cost line-scanning confocal microendoscope

Abstract

Fiber-optic endomicroscopy is a minimally invasive tool to probe disease progression with subcellular resolution. In this Letter, we demonstrate a low-cost and compact fluorescence microendoscope capable of line-scanning confocal imaging by synchronizing a digital light projector with a CMOS camera. We present the digital aperture design to enable real-time confocal imaging, and we implement parallel illumination to improve the optical sectioning performance. Furthermore, we show that the confocal microendoscope can enhance visualization of disease-associated features when imaging highly scattering esophageal specimens.

© 2019 Optical Society of America

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Visualization 1       Visualization 1. Real-time confocal imaging of an esophageal resected specimen at 15 fps. Note that the original video was acquired in RGB mode.

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