Optically gated beating-heart imaging

Taylor, J. M. (2015) Optically gated beating-heart imaging. Frontiers in Physiology: Cardiac Electrophysiology, 5, 481. (doi:10.3389/fphys.2014.00481) (PMID:25566083) (PMCID:PMC4263077)

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The constant motion of the beating heart presents an obstacle to clear optical imaging, especially 3D imaging, in small animals where direct optical imaging would otherwise be possible. Gating techniques exploit the periodic motion of the heart to computationally "freeze" this movement and overcome motion artefacts. Optically gated imaging represents a recent development of this, where image analysis is used to synchronize acquisition with the heartbeat in a completely non-invasive manner. This article will explain the concept of optical gating, discuss a range of different implementation strategies and their strengths and weaknesses. Finally we will illustrate the usefulness of the technique by discussing applications where optical gating has facilitated novel biological findings by allowing 3D in vivo imaging of cardiac myocytes in their natural environment of the beating heart.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Taylor, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Taylor, J. M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Frontiers in Physiology: Cardiac Electrophysiology
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN (Online):1664-042X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Frontiers in Physiology: Cardiac Electrophysiology 5:481
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License
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