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    2. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces Six New Grants to Support R&D Collaborations

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces Six New Grants to Support R&D Collaborations
      LX Medical (Westwood, MA) was granted $70,000 for collaboration with BC Cancer Agency Research Center in Vancouver, Canada. LX Medical is developing a probe device that will enable real time biopsy of lung tissue. This device will increase accuracy of biopsy sampling by using optical coherence tomography and with autofluoresence, thereby enabling earlier detection and treatment especially in early stage lung cancer. The collaboration will focus on biopsy testing ...
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    3. Sex Differences in Airway Remodeling in a Mouse Model of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      Sex Differences in Airway Remodeling in a Mouse Model of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
      Rationale: Adjusting for the amount of smoking, women have a 50% increased risk of COPD compared with men. It is not known what the anatomic basis/mechanism(s) of these sex-related differences in COPD might be. Objective: To characterize the impact of female sex hormones on chronic cigarette smoke-induced airway remodeling and emphysema in a mouse model of COPD. Methods: Airway remodeling and emphysema were determined morphometrically in male, female ...
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    4. Endoscopic Doppler optical coherence tomography and autofluorescence imaging of peripheral pulmonary nodules and vasculature

      Endoscopic Doppler optical coherence tomography and autofluorescence imaging of peripheral pulmonary nodules and vasculature
      We present the first endoscopic Doppler optical coherence tomography and co-registered autofluorescence imaging (DOCT-AFI) of peripheral pulmonary nodules and vascular networks in vivo using a small 0.9 mm diameter catheter. Using exemplary images from volumetric data sets collected from 31 patients during flexible bronchoscopy, we demonstrate how DOCT and AFI offer complementary information that may increase the ability to locate and characterize pulmonary nodules. AFI offers a sensitive visual ...
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    5. Systems For Optical Imaging Of Biological Tissues

      Systems For Optical Imaging Of Biological Tissues
      A fiber-based polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system uses a new polarization diversity detection (PDD) scheme and requires no active polarization modulating components. Retardation of the sample can be determined from amplitudes of arbitrarily-oriented x- and y-components of the reflected light. A hybrid custom 50/50 coupler with single-mode fiber inputs and polarization maintaining (PM) fiber outputs combines light from sample and reference arms of an interferometer. Another embodiment ...
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    6. Passive endoscopic polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography with completely fiber based optical components

      Passive endoscopic polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography with completely fiber based optical components
      Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography (PSOCT) is a functional extension of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) that is sensitive to well-structured, birefringent tissue such as scars, smooth muscle and cartilage. In this work, we present a novel completely fiber based swept source PSOCT system using a fiber-optic rotary pullback catheter. This PSOCT implementation uses only passive optical components and requires no calibration while adding minimal additional cost to a standard structural ...
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    7. Doppler optical coherence tomography and co-registered autofluorescence imaging of peripheral lung cancer

      Doppler optical coherence tomography and co-registered autofluorescence imaging of peripheral lung cancer
      Diagnosis of peripheral lung nodules is challenging because they are rarely visualized endobronchially. Imaging techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) are employed to improve tumor localization. The current EBUS probe provides limited nodule characterization and has an outer diameter of 1.4 mm that restricts access to small peripheral airways. We report a novel co-registered autofluoresence Doppler optical coherence tomography (AF/DOCT) system with a 0.9 mm diameter probe ...
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    8. Optical coherence tomography and autofluorescence imaging of human tonsil

      Optical coherence tomography and autofluorescence imaging of human tonsil
      For the first time, we present co-registered autofluorescence imaging and optical coherence tomography (AF/OCT) of excised human palatine tonsils to evaluate the capabilities of OCT to visualize tonsil tissue components. Despite limited penetration depth, OCT can provide detailed structural information about tonsil tissue with much higher resolution than that of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and Ultrasound. Different tonsil tissue components such as epithelium, dense connective tissue, lymphoid nodules ...
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    9. Fiber-Based Polarization Diversity Detection for Polarization-Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography

      Fiber-Based Polarization Diversity Detection for  Polarization-Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography
      We present a new fiber-based polarization diversity detection (PDD) scheme for polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PSOCT). This implementation uses a new custom miniaturized polarization-maintaining fiber coupler with single mode (SM) fiber inputs and polarization maintaining (PM) fiber outputs. The SM fiber inputs obviate matching the optical lengths of the two orthogonal OCT polarization channels prior to interference while the PM fiber outputs ensure defined orthogonal axes after interference. Advantages ...
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    10. A high-efficiency fiber-based imaging system for co-registered autofluorescence and optical coherence tomography

      A high-efficiency fiber-based imaging system for co-registered autofluorescence and optical coherence tomography
      We present a power-efficient fiber-based imaging system capable of co-registered autofluorescence imaging and optical coherence tomography (AF/OCT). The system employs a custom fiber optic rotary joint (FORJ) with an embedded dichroic mirror to efficiently combine the OCT and AF pathways. This three-port wavelength multiplexing FORJ setup has a throughput of more than 83% for collected AF emission, significantly more efficient compared to previously reported fiber-based methods. A custom 900 ...
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    11. Coregistered autofluorescence-optical coherence tomography imaging of human lung sections

      Coregistered autofluorescence-optical coherence tomography imaging of human lung sections
      Autofluorescence (AF) imaging can provide valuable information about the structural and metabolic state of tissue that can be useful for elucidating physiological and pathological processes. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides high resolution detailed information about tissue morphology. We present coregistered AF-OCT imaging of human lung sections. Adjacent hematoxylin and eosin stained histological sections are used to identify tissue structures observed in the OCT images. Segmentation of these structures in the ...
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    12. Automated segmentation of porcine airway wall layers using optical coherence tomography: comparison with manual segmentation and histology

      Automated segmentation of porcine airway wall layers using optical coherence tomography: comparison with manual segmentation and histology
      The objective was to develop an automated optical coherence tomography (OCT) segmentation method. We evaluated three ex-vivo porcine airway specimens; six non-sequential OCT images were selected from each airway specimen. Histology was also performed for each airway and histology images were co-registered to OCT images for comparison. Manual segmentation of the airway luminal area, mucosa area, submucosa area and the outer airway wall area were performed for histology and OCT ...
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    13. Diagnostic bronchoscopy--current and future perspectives

      Diagnostic bronchoscopy--current and future perspectives
      Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Standard bronchoscopy has limited ability to accurately localise and biopsy pulmonary lesions that cannot be directly visualised. The field of advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy is rapidly evolving due to advances in electronics and miniaturisation. Bronchoscopes with smaller outer working diameters, coupled with miniature radial and convex ultrasound probes, allow accurate central and peripheral pulmonary lesion localisation and biopsy while at the ...
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  2. About British Columbia Cancer Agency

    British Columbia Cancer Agency

    The BC Cancer Research Centre (BCCRC) is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Scientists and researchers perform basic, epidemiologic, and clinical research on cancer prevention, early diagnosis of cancer, the molecular and genetic characteristics of the cancer process, and basic research related to new treatments for cancer. With direct links to the cancer centres across the province, discoveries at the BCCRC are quickly translated into clinical applications.