Abstract

Ionizing radiation is commonly delivered by medical linear accelerators (LINAC) in the form of shaped beams, and it is able to induce Cherenkov emission in tissue. In fluorescence-based microscopy excitation from scanned spots, lines, or sheets can be used for fast high-resolution imaging. Here we introduce Cherenkov-excited luminescence scanned imaging (CELSI) as a new imaging methodology utilizing 2-dimensional (5-mm-thick) sheets of LINAC radiation to produce Cherenkov photons, which in turn excite luminescence of probes distributed in biological tissues. Imaging experiments were performed by scanning these excitation sheets in three orthogonal directions while recording Cherenkov-excited luminescence. Tissue phantom studies have shown that single luminescent inclusions 1mm in diameter can be imaged within 20-mm-thick tissue-like media with minimal loss of spatial resolution. Using a phosphorescent probe for oxygen, PtG4 with the CELSI methodology, an image of partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) was imaged in a rat lymph node, quantitatively restoring pO2 values in differently oxygenated tissues.

© 2015 Optical Society of America

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