Acoustofluidic phase microscopy in a tilted segmentation-free configuration

Morales, J. M., Hammarström, B., Lippi, G. L., Vassalli, M. and Glynne-Jones, P. (2021) Acoustofluidic phase microscopy in a tilted segmentation-free configuration. Biomicrofluidics, 15(1), 014102. (doi: 10.1063/5.0036585)

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A low-cost device for registration-free quantitative phase microscopy (QPM) based on the transport of intensity equation of cells in continuous flow is presented. The method uses acoustic focusing to align cells into a single plane where all cells move at a constant speed. The acoustic focusing plane is tilted with respect to the microscope’s focal plane in order to obtain cell images at multiple focal positions. As the cells are displaced at constant speed, phase maps can be generated without the need to segment and register individual objects. The proposed inclined geometry allows for the acquisition of a vertical stack without the need for any moving part, and it enables a cost-effective and robust implementation of QPM. The suitability of the solution for biological imaging is tested on blood samples, demonstrating the ability to recover the phase map of single red blood cells flowing through the microchip.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:J.M.M. acknowledges the funding for international mobility France–Italy provided by the Université Franco Italienne (UFI, Project No. C2-1031) and the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) scholarship (No. 471712). P.G.J. gratefully acknowledges fellowship funding by the UK EPSRC (No. EP/L025035/1). This work has also been supported by the French government through the UCAJEDI Investments in the Future project managed by the National Research Agency (ANR) with Reference No. ANR-15-IDEX-01.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Vassalli, Professor Massimo
Authors: Morales, J. M., Hammarström, B., Lippi, G. L., Vassalli, M., and Glynne-Jones, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Biomicrofluidics
Publisher:American Institute of Physics
ISSN (Online):1932-1058
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Biomicrofluidics 15(1):014102
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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