Title

Instant polarized light microscopy for imaging collagen microarchitecture and dynamics

DOI

10.1002/jbio.202000326

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-1-2021

Publication Title

Journal of biophotonics

Volume

14

Issue

2

Keywords

biomechanics, collagen, deformation, polarized light microscopy

Abstract

Collagen fibers are a primary load-bearing component of connective tissues and are therefore central to tissue biomechanics and pathophysiology. Understanding collagen architecture and behavior under dynamic loading requires a quantitative imaging technique with simultaneously high spatial and temporal resolutions. Suitable techniques are thus rare and often inaccessible. In this study, we present instant polarized light microscopy (IPOL), in which a single snapshot image encodes information on fiber orientation and retardance, thus fulfilling the requirement. We utilized both simulation and experimental data from collagenous tissues of chicken tendon, sheep eye, and porcine heart to evaluate the effectiveness of IPOL as a quantitative imaging technique. We demonstrate that IPOL allows quantitative characterization of micron-scale collagen fiber architecture at full camera frame rates (156 frames/second herein).

Open Access

Green Accepted

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