1. Articles in category: Gynecology

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    1. Use of Mueller matrix colposcopy in the characterization of cervical collagen anisotrop

      Use of Mueller matrix colposcopy in the characterization of cervical collagen anisotrop

      Preterm birth (PTB) presents a serious medical heath concern in both economically developed and developing nations, with incidence rate from 15%-11% respectively. Changes in cervical collagen bundle orientation and distribution may prove to be a predictor of PTB. Polarization imaging is an effective means to measure optical anisotropy in birefringent biological tissue such as those rich in collagen. Non-invasive, full-field Mueller Matrix polarimetry (MMP) imaging methodologies, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy were used to assess cervical collagen content and structure in non-pregnant cervices. In vivo studies using a Mueller Matrix colposcope are underway. Further ...

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    2. Accuracy and safety verification of ovarian reserve assessment technique for ovarian tissue transplantation using optical coherence tomography in mice ovary

      Accuracy and safety verification of ovarian reserve assessment technique for ovarian tissue transplantation using optical coherence tomography in mice ovary

      Except for histological study, there are currently no suitable techniques available for the detection and identification of primordial follicles in ovary of primary ovarian insufficiency patients who have undetectable AMH levels. Also, the ability to locate and quantify follicles on ovarian cortex strips, without fixation, is valuable for patients who could undergo subsequent successful ovarian tissue transplantation. Although optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a well-established high resolution imaging technique without fixation commonly applied in biomedicine, few reports are available on ovarian tissue imaging. In present study, we established standard OCT follicle images at each developmental stage, including the primordial follicle ...

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    3. Use of Mueller matrix polarimetry and optical coherence tomography in the characterization of cervical collagen anisotropy

      Use of Mueller matrix polarimetry and optical coherence tomography in the characterization of cervical collagen anisotropy

      Preterm birth (PTB) presents a serious medical heath concern throughout the world. There is a high incidence of PTB in both developed and developing countries ranging from 11%-15%, respectively. Studies have shown there may be numerous precursors to PTB including infections, genetic predisposition, nutrition and various other morbidities which all lead to a premature disorganization in the cervical collagen resulting in the weakening of the structure designed to keep the fetus in utero. The changes in cervical collagen orientation and distribution may prove to be a predictor of PTB. Polarization imaging is an effective means to measure optical anisotropy ...

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    4. Classification of human ovarian tissue using full field optical coherence tomography

      Classification of human ovarian tissue using full field optical coherence tomography

      The feasibility of a full-field optical coherence tomography (FFOCT) system for rapid wide field optical analysis of normal and malignant human ovarian tissue pathologies was demonstrated. Five features were extracted from the normalized image histogram from 56 FFOCT images, based on the differences in the morphology of the normal and malignant tissue samples.

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    5. Detection of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia by using optical coherence tomography in combination with microscopy

      Detection of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia by using optical coherence tomography in combination with microscopy

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive high-resolution imaging technique that permits the detection of cancerous and precancerous lesions of the uterine cervix. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a new system that integrates an OCT device into a microscope. OCT images were taken from loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) specimens under microscopic guidance. The images were blinded with respect to their origin within the microscopic image and analyzed independently by two investigators using initially defined criteria and later compared to the corresponding histology. Sensitivity and specificity were calculated with respect to the correct identification of high-grade squamous ...

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    6. Noninvasive Detection of Metastases and Follicle Density in Ovarian Tissue Using Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography

      Noninvasive Detection of Metastases and Follicle Density in Ovarian Tissue Using Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography

      Purpose: Autotransplantation of ovarian tissue can be used to restore fertility in patients with cancer following gonadotoxic treatment. Whether this procedure is safe remains unclear, as current tumor detection methods render the ovarian tissue unsuitable for transplantation. Full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT) is an imaging modality that rapidly produces high-resolution histology-like images without the need to fix, freeze, or stain the tissue. In this proof-of-concept study, we investigated whether FF-OCT can be used to detect metastases in ovarian tissue, thereby increasing the safety of ovarian tissue autotransplantation. We also evaluated whether cortical ovarian tissue and follicles remain viable following FF-OCT ...

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    7. Classification and analysis of human ovarian tissue using full field optical coherence tomography

      Classification and analysis of human ovarian tissue using full field optical coherence tomography

      In this study, a full field optical coherence tomography (FFOCT) system was used to analyze and classify normal and malignant human ovarian tissue. 14 ovarian tissue samples (7 normal, 7 malignant) were imaged with the FFOCT system and five features were extracted by analyzing the normalized image histogram from 56 FFOCT images, based on the differences in the morphology of the normal and malignant tissue samples. A generalized linear model (GLM) classifier was trained using 36 images, and sensitivity of 95.3% and specificity of 91.1% was obtained. 20 images were used to test the model, and a sensitivity ...

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    8. Jennifer Barton a Leader in Cancer research, Imaging Honored with 2016 SPIE President’s and Directors’ Awards

      Jennifer Barton a Leader in Cancer research, Imaging Honored with 2016 SPIE President’s and Directors’ Awards

      Jennifer Barton is the recipient of this year’s SPIE President’s Award and Majid Rabbani of the SPIE Directors’ award, Robert Lieberman, 2016 President of SPIE the international society for optics and photonics, announced at an awards banquet during SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016 in San Diego, California, on 31 August. Barton is interim director of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, which works to solve complex biology-based problems affecting humanity. She is also professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences, and agricultural and bio-systems engineering at UA. Barton is known for her innovative use ...

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    9. UA engineers zero in on early detection of ovarian cancer

      UA engineers zero in on early detection of ovarian cancer

      University of Arizona researcher Jennifer Barton is leading a two-year, $1 million project funded by the National Cancer Institute to identify imaging biomarkers of ovarian cancer, the most deadly gynecological cancer in the United States. This work may enable the first effective screening system for ovarian cancer. "Located deep in the body, with few early symptoms and no effective screening techniques, ovarian cancer has remained stubbornly difficult to understand, much less effectively combat," said Barton, professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences, and agricultural and biosystems engineering, and interim director of the UA BIO5 Institute.

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    10. Non-invasive detection of metastases and follicle density in ovarian tissue using full-field optical coherence tomography

      Non-invasive detection of metastases and follicle density in ovarian tissue using full-field optical coherence tomography

      Purpose: Autotransplantation of ovarian tissue can be used to restore fertility in cancer patients following gonadotoxic treatment. Whether this procedure is safe remains unclear, as current tumor detection methods render the ovarian tissue unsuitable for transplantation. Full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT) is an imaging modality that rapidly produces high-resolution histology-like images without the need to fix, freeze, or stain the tissue . In this pro of - of -concept study, we investigated whether FF-OCT can be used to detect metastases in ovarian tissue, thereby increasing the safety of ovarian tissue autotransplantation. We also evaluated whether cortical ovarian tissue and follicles remain viable ...

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    11. Functional optical coherence tomography for high-resolution mapping of cilia beat frequency in the mouse oviduct in vivo

      Functional optical coherence tomography for high-resolution mapping of cilia beat frequency in the mouse oviduct in vivo

      Since mouse is a superior model for genetic analysis of human disorders, reproductive studies in mice have significant implications on further understanding of fertility and infertility in humans. Fertilized oocytes are transported through the reproductive tract by motile cilia lining the lumen of the oviduct as well as by oviduct contractions. While the role of cilia is well recognized, ciliary dynamics in the oviduct is not well understood, largely owing to the lack of live imaging approaches. Here, we report in vivo micro-scale mapping of cilia and cilia beat frequency (CBF) in the mouse oviduct using optical coherence tomography (OCT ...

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    12. Improved selection of cortical ovarian strips for autotransplantation of ovarian tissue using full-field optical coherence tomography (FFOCT)

      Improved selection of cortical ovarian strips for autotransplantation of ovarian tissue using full-field optical coherence tomography (FFOCT)

      Premature ovarian failure is a major concern in women of reproductive age who undergo gonadotoxic cancer treatment. Autotransplantation of frozen-thawed cortical ovarian tissue allows the immediate start of cancer treatment, but risks reintroduction of cancer. Current tumor detection methods compromise the ovarian tissue’s viability and can therefore only be used to exclude the presence of metastases in the cortical ovarian strips that are not transplanted. A non-invasive method is needed that can be used to exclude metastases in the actual ovarian autografts without affecting the tissue’s viability. In this study we applied FFOCT – a non-fixative technique that uses ...

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    13. Optical Coherence Tomography of the Labial Salivary Glands Reveals Age-Related Differences in Women

      Optical Coherence Tomography of the Labial Salivary Glands Reveals Age-Related Differences in Women

      The labial minor salivary glands (LSGs) play a role in medical research and practice due to their superficial location and involvement in both systemic and localized diseases. Swept-source optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive modality that enables in vivo , micrometer resolution, wide-field three-dimensional imaging in seconds. A purpose-built swept-source OCT instrument was employed to acquire three-dimensional datasets covering the area of 2.43 cm 2 of the mucosa of the lower lip to the depth of 3.4 mm in young ( n = 14; mean age ± SD: 27 ± 3 years; body mass index [BMI] 20.4 ± 2.3 kg/m ...

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    14. Correlating optical coherence elastography based strain measurements with collagen content of the human ovarian tissue

      Correlating optical coherence elastography based strain measurements with collagen content of the human ovarian tissue

      In this manuscript, the initial feasibility of a catheter based phase stabilized swept source optical coherence tomography (OCT) system was studied for characterization of the strain inside different human ovarian tissue groups. The ovarian tissue samples were periodically compressed with 500 Hz square wave signal along the axial direction between the surface of an unfocused transducer and a glass cover slide. The displacement and corresponding strain were calculated during loading from different locations for each tissue sample. A total of 27 ex vivo ovaries from 16 patients were investigated. Statistically significant difference (p < 0.001) was observed between the average ...

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    15. The University of Arizona Receives NIH Grant for Validating a Mouse Model of Ovarian Cancer for Early Detection Through Imaging

      The University of Arizona Receives NIH Grant for Validating a Mouse Model of Ovarian Cancer for Early Detection Through Imaging

      The University of Arizona Receives 2015 NIH Grant for $572,656 for Validating a Mouse Model of Ovarian Cancer for Early Detection Through Imaging. The principal invetigator is Jennifer Barton. The program began in 2015 and ends in 2017. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Despite advances in treatment strategies, ovarian cancer remains the deadliest gynecological malignancy and the 5th largest cancer killer in women. Located deep in the body, with few early symptoms and no effective screening technique, ovarian cancer has remained stubbornly difficult to understand, much less effectively combat. Ovarian cancer is almost always discovered at ...

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    16. Optical coherence tomography imaging for analysis of follicular development in ovarian tissue

      Optical coherence tomography imaging for analysis of follicular development in ovarian tissue

      We describe the application of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for noninvasive analysis of follicular development in mouse ovaries. Ovaries contain many follicles and oocytes. Quantification of follicles at various developmental stages is an indication of the ability of an ovary to provide oocytes capable of fertilization. Three-dimensional structural OCT images identified each developmental stage, from a primary follicle (50 μm in diameter) to an antral follicle (350 μm in diameter), in the ovary of a 25.5-day-old mouse. We discovered time-varying OCT signals at the oocytes that differentiated them from surrounding tissues. These signals were clearly enhanced by interframe intensity-based ...

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    17. Duke University Receives NIH Grant for Novel Determination of Microbicide PK in Women's Reproductive Health

      Duke University Receives NIH Grant for Novel Determination of Microbicide PK in Women's Reproductive Health

      Duke University Receives a 2015 NIH Grant for Novel Determination of Microbicide PK in Women's Reproductive Health. The principal investigator is David Katz. The program began in 2012 and ends in 2016. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Vaginal microbicides offer much promise to prevent sexual transmission of HIV. The pharmacokinetics (PK) of a product (active pharmaceutical ingredient + dosage form) is central to prophylactic functionality (PD). But our ability to measure and predict microbicide PK is currently limited. Further, microbicide PD depends on how product + dosage regimen accommodate a range of conditions of the vaginal environment. These ...

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    18. Integrated Ultrasound, OCT, PA AND/OR Florescence Imaging Endoscope For Diagnosing Cancers In Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, And Urogenital Tracts

      Integrated Ultrasound, OCT, PA AND/OR Florescence Imaging Endoscope For Diagnosing Cancers In Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, And Urogenital Tracts

      A multimodality imaging system including ultrasound, optical coherence tomography (OCT), photoacoustic (PA) imaging, florescence imaging and endoscopic catheter for imaging inside the gastrointestinal tract with real-time automatic image co-registration capability, including: an ultrasound subsystem for imaging; an optical coherence tomography (OCT) subsystem for imaging, a PA microscopy or tomography subsystem for imaging and a florescence imaging subsystem for imaging. An invasive interventional imaging device is included with an instrumentality to take a tissue biopsy from a location visible on the ultrasound subsystem for imaging, on the optical coherence tomography (OCT) subsystem for imaging, photoacoustic (PA) subsystem for imaging and florescence ...

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    19. A Continuous Fiber Distribution Material Model for Human Cervical Tissue

      A Continuous Fiber Distribution Material Model for Human Cervical Tissue

      The uterine cervix during pregnancy is the vital mechanical barrier which resists compressive and tensile loads generated from a growing fetus. Premature cervical remodeling and softening is hypothesized to result in the shortening of the cervix, which is known to increase a womans risk of preterm birth. To understand the role of cervical material properties in preventing preterm birth, we derive a cervical material model based on previous mechanical, biochemical and histological experiments conducted on nonpregnant and pregnant human hysterectomy cervical tissue samples. In this study we present a three-dimensional fiber composite model that captures the equilibrium material behavior of ...

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    20. Estimation of elastic parameters of ovarian tissue using phase stabilized swept source optical-coherence tomography

      Estimation of elastic parameters of ovarian tissue using phase stabilized swept source optical-coherence tomography

      We have estimated the micro-mechanical properties of ovarian tissue using phase-sensitive swept source optical coherence tomography. Ovary samples were mechanically excited by periodical vibration of an ultrasound transducer. The displacement and strain of the tissues were calculated during loading. Significant difference in strain was observed between the normal and malignant ovary groups, which indicates much softer and heterogeneous tissue structure for malignant ovaries. The initial results show that the phase sensitive swept source optical coherence elastography (OCE) can be an effective tool for characterization of stiffness and other micro-mechanical properties of normal and malignant ovarian tissue.

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    21. Analyzing three-dimensional ultrastructure of human cervical tissue using optical coherence tomography

      Analyzing three-dimensional ultrastructure of human cervical tissue using optical coherence tomography

      During pregnancy, the uterine cervix is the mechanical barrier that prevents delivery of a fetus. The underlying cervical collagen ultrastructure, which influences the overall mechanical properties of the cervix, plays a role in maintaining a successful pregnancy until term. Yet, not much is known about this collagen ultrastructure in pregnant and nonpregnant human tissue. We used optical coherence tomography to investigate the directionality and dispersion of collagen fiber bundles in the human cervix. An image analysis tool has been developed, combining a stitching method with a fiber orientation measurement, to study axially sliced cervix samples. This tool was used to ...

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    22. Imaging endocervical mucus anatomy and dynamics in macaque female reproductive track using optical coherence tomography

      Imaging endocervical mucus anatomy and dynamics in macaque female reproductive track using optical coherence tomography

      Background: Endocervical mucus acts as an important barrier to block human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Disruption of the mucus layer increases the risk of infection for females. An effective method to image the mucus properties can serve as a pre-screening step to risk-stratify the susceptible population. Methods: We proposed to use optical coherence tomography (OCT) to quantitatively measure the thickness of endocervical mucus. We used a home-built bench-top OCT system to monitor the dynamic change in mucus thickness of a cultivated sample. We also fabricated a prototype endoscopic OCT probe to demonstrate potential in ...

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    23. Optical design of an optical coherence tomography and multispectral fluorescence imaging endoscope to detect early stage ovarian cancer

      Optical design of an optical coherence tomography and multispectral fluorescence imaging endoscope to detect early stage ovarian cancer

      The five year survival rate for ovarian cancer is over 90% if early detection occurs, yet no effective early screening method exists. We have designed and are constructing a dual modality Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Multispectral Fluorescence Imaging (MFI) endoscope to optically screen the Fallopian tube and ovary for early stage cancer. The endoscope reaches the ovary via the natural pathway of the vagina, cervix, uterus and Fallopian tube. In order to navigate the Fallopian tube the endoscope must have an outer diameter of 600 μm, be highly flexible, steerable, tracking and nonperforating. The imaging systems consists of six ...

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    24. Effect of optical clearing agents on optical coherence tomography images of cervical epithelium

      Effect of optical clearing agents on optical coherence tomography images of cervical epithelium

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) can be used as an adjunct to colposcopy in order to detect precancerous and cancerous cervical lesions. Optical clearing agents (OCAs) temporarily reduce the optical scattering of biological tissues. The purpose of this study was to investigate their influence on OCT imaging. OCT images were taken from unsuspicious and suspicious areas of fresh conization specimens immediately after resection and 5, 10, and 20 min after application of dimethyl sulfoxide ( DMSO ) or polyethylene glycol (PEG). Corresponding histologies were obtained from all sites. The images taken 5, 10, and 20 min after application of OCA were compared to ...

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