1. Label-free optical imaging of lymphatic vessels within tissue beds in vivo

    Label-free optical imaging of lymphatic vessels within tissue beds in vivo

    Lymphatic vessels are a part of the circulatory system in vertebrates that maintain tissue fluid homeostasis and drain excess fluid and large cells that cannot easily find their way back into venous system. Due to the lack of noninvasive monitoring tools, lymphatic vessels are known as forgotten circulation. However, the lymphatic system plays an important role in diseases such as cancer and inflammatory conditions. In this paper, we start to briefly review the current existing methods for imaging lymphatic vessels , mostly involving dye/targeting cell injection. We then show the capability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for label - free noninvasive ...

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