Cardiac pulsatility mapping and vessel type identification using laser speckle contrast imaging

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Systemic flow variations caused by the cardiac cycle can play a role or be an important marker in both normal and pathological conditions. The shape, magnitude and propagation speed of the flow pulse reflect mechanical properties of the vasculature and are known to vary significantly with vascular diseases. Most conventional techniques are not capable of imaging cardiac activity in the microcirculation due to spatial and/or temporal resolution limitations and instead make inferences about propagation speed by making measurements at two points along an artery. Here, we apply laser speckle contrast imaging to images with high spatial resolution in the high frequency harmonics of cardiac activity in the cerebral cortex of a mouse. We reveal vessel dependent variation in the cardiac pulse activity and use this information to automatically identify arteries and veins. (C) 2018 Optical Society of America under the terms of the OSA Open Access Publishing Agreement
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)6388-6397
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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