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3-D optical coherence tomography of the laryngeal mucosa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15533166     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Laryngeal carcinoma is one of the commonest primary head and neck malignancy and the need for early identification is very important for successful treatment. Outpatient fibreoptic examination of the larynx is unreliable in differentiating benign, pre-malignant and malignant lesions, and therefore surgeons have to rely on biopsies for a definitive diagnosis. This is an invasive procedure requiring general anaesthesia and may have a detrimental effect on the patient's voice. Conventional imaging modalities (ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) have a limited resolution and hence cannot give sufficient information on the extent or nature of laryngeal lesions. The aim of our study is to investigate the feasibility of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in imaging the normal larynx, to lay the foundations for an investigation of its ability to differentiate between benign and malignant disease. Ten tissue specimens from normal larynges were imaged with an 850 nm OCT system that was capable of providing both B-scan (longitudinal or cross-section) images as well as C-scan (en-face or images at constant depth). The en-face OCT mode allowed us to reconstruct 3-D OCT images of the tissue examined. Imaged specimens were processed with standard histopathological techniques and sectioned in the plane of the B-scan OCT images. Haematoxylin-eosin stained specimens were compared with the OCT images thus collected. Preliminary results showed good correlation between OCT images and histology sections in normal tissue.
A G Bibas; A Gh Podoleanu; R G Cucu; M Bonmarin; G M Dobre; V M M Ward; E Odell; A Boxer; M J Gleeson; D A Jackson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical otolaryngology and allied sciences     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0307-7772     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-09     Completed Date:  2005-03-22     Revised Date:  2005-05-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701793     Medline TA:  Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  713-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Department, Guy's Hospital, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Imaging, Three-Dimensional / instrumentation*
Laryngeal Mucosa / pathology*
Laryngeal Neoplasms / pathology,  surgery
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Neoplasm Invasiveness
Tomography, Optical Coherence / instrumentation*

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