In vivo depth-resolved oxygen saturation by Dual-Wavelength Photothermal (DWP) OCT.


R. V. Kuranov, Kazmi, S., McElroy, A. B., Kiel, J. W., Dunn, A. K., Milner, T. E., and Duong, T. Q., “In vivo depth-resolved oxygen saturation by Dual-Wavelength Photothermal (DWP) OCT.,” Optics express, vol. 19, pp. 23831–44, 2011.


Microvasculature hemoglobin oxygen saturation (SaO2) is important in the progression of various pathologies. Non-invasive depth-resolved measurement of SaO2 levels in tissue microvasculature has the potential to provide early biomarkers and a better understanding of the pathophysiological processes allowing improved diagnostics and prediction of disease progression. We report proof-of-concept in vivo depth-resolved measurement of SaO(2) levels in selected 30 µm diameter arterioles in the murine brain using Dual-Wavelength Photothermal (DWP) Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) with 800 nm and 770 nm photothermal excitation wavelengths. Depth location of back-reflected light from a target arteriole was confirmed using Doppler and speckle contrast OCT images. SaO(2) measured in a murine arteriole with DWP-OCT is linearly correlated (R(2)=0.98) with systemic SaO(2) values recorded by a pulse-oximeter. DWP-OCT are steadily lower (10.1%) than systemic SaO(2) values except during pure oxygen breathing. DWP-OCT is insensitive to OCT intensity variations and is a candidate approach for in vivo depth-resolved quantitative imaging of microvascular SaO(2) levels.