Multi-Scale Imaging of Respiratory Bacterial Infection Using Fiber Microendoscopy and Whole-Animal Imaging
MetadataShow full item record
We have integrated a fluorescence microendoscope into a whole-animal optical imaging system, allowing for simultaneous microscopic and macroscopic imaging of tdTomato expressing BCG in vivo. A 535 nm LED was collimated and launched into a 10,000 element fiber bundle can be inserted through an intra-tracheal catheter into the lung of a mouse. Fluorescence emission can either be (1) collected by the bundle and imaged onto the surface of a CCD camera for localized detection or (2) the fluorescence can be imaged by the whole animal imaging stystem providing macroscopic information. Results from internal localized excitation and external whole body detection indicate the potential for imaging bacterial infections down to 100 colony forming units. This novel imaging technique has the potential to allow for functional studies, enhancing the ability to assess new therapeutic agents.
Bixler, Joel Nathan (2014). Multi-Scale Imaging of Respiratory Bacterial Infection Using Fiber Microendoscopy and Whole-Animal Imaging. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from