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OPTiSPIM: integrating optical projection tomography in light sheet microscopy extends specimen characterization to nonfluorescent contrasts.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Mayer Jürgen, Robert-Moreno Alexandre, Danuser Renzo, Stein Jens V, Sharpe James, Swoger Jim,
Project Investigating the molecular factors controlling lymphocyte motility and activation by in vivo imaging
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Optics letters
Volume (Issue) 39(4)
Page(s) 1053 - 6
Title of proceedings Optics letters


Mesoscopic 3D imaging has become a widely used optical imaging technique to visualize intact biological specimens. Selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM) visualizes samples up to a centimeter in size with micrometer resolution by 3D data stitching but is limited to fluorescent contrast. Optical projection tomography (OPT) works with fluorescent and nonfluorescent contrasts, but its resolution is limited in large samples. We present a hybrid setup (OPTiSPIM) combining the advantages of each technique. The combination of fluorescent and nonfluorescent high-resolution 3D data into integrated datasets enables a more extensive representation of mesoscopic biological samples. The modular concept of the OPTiSPIM facilitates incorporation of the transmission OPT modality into already established light sheet based imaging setups.