Using an oblique incident laser beam to measure the optical properties of stomach mucosa/submucosa tissue
© Wei et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Received: 7 March 2008
Accepted: 28 August 2009
Published: 28 August 2009
The purpose of the study is to determine the optical properties and their differences for normal human stomach mucosa/submucosa tissue in the cardiac orifice in vitro at 635, 730, 808, 890 and 980 nm wavelengths of laser.
The measurements were performed using a CCD detector, and the optical properties were assessed from the measurements using the spatially resolved reflectance, and nonlinear fitting of diffusion equation.
The results of measurement showed that the absorption coefficients, the reduced scattering coefficients, the optical penetration depths, the diffusion coefficients, the diffuse reflectance and the shifts of diffuse reflectance of tissue samples at five different wavelengths vary with a change of wavelength. The maximum absorption coefficient for tissue samples is 0.265 mm-1 at 980 nm, and the minimum absorption coefficient is 0.0332 mm-1 at 730 nm, and the maximum difference in the absorption coefficients is 698% between 730 and 980 nm, and the minimum difference is 1.61% between 635 and 808 nm. The maximum reduced scattering coefficient for tissue samples is 1.19 mm-1 at 635 nm, and the minimum reduced scattering coefficient is 0.521 mm-1 at 980 nm, and the maximum difference in the reduced scattering coefficients is 128% between 635 and 980 nm, and the minimum difference is 1.15% between 890 and 980 nm. The maximum optical penetration depth for tissue samples is 3.57 mm at 808 nm, and the minimum optical penetration depth is 1.43 mm at 980 nm. The maximum diffusion constant for tissue samples is 0.608 mm at 890 nm, and the minimum diffusion constant is 0.278 mm at 635 nm. The maximum diffuse reflectance is 3.57 mm-1 at 808 nm, and the minimum diffuse reflectance is 1.43 mm-1 at 980 nm. The maximum shift Δx of diffuse reflectance is 1.11 mm-1 at 890 nm, and the minimum shift Δx of diffuse reflectance is 0.507 mm-1 at 635 nm.
The absorption coefficients, the reduced scattering coefficients, the optical penetration depths, the diffusion coefficients, the diffuse reflectance and the shifts of diffuse reflectance of tissue samples at 635, 730, 808, 890 and 980 nm wavelengths vary with a change of wavelength. There were significant differences in the optical properties for tissue samples at five different wavelengths (P < 0.01).
Knowledge of optical properties for the human stomach mucosa/submucosa tissues in the visible and near infrared (NIR) wavelength range is of great importance in medical applications using light [1, 2], for example, laser coagulation for treatment of early gastric cancer with intramucosal invasion, laser ablation therapy of the submucosal gastric cancer , photodynamic ablation therapy of early cancers of the stomach , gastrointestinal (GI) diagnosis by the standard white light endoscopy (WLE) and endoscopic diagnosis of premalignant gastrointestinal lesions by fluorescence endoscopic imaging and spectroscopy [5–7], and the recently developed optical coherence tomography (OCT) [8–10] has been reported to image the GI tissues in vitro and in vivo [11–13]. Because of more than 85% of all cancers originate in the epithelia lining the internal surfaces of the human body. The majority of such lesions are readily treatable if diagnosed at an early state . Apart from conventional methods of cancer diagnosis [15–17], there is a need to develop new approaches that are simple, objective, and noninvasive.
The use of optical techniques for gastrointestinal diagnostic purposes relies on the capability to measure the optical properties of gastrointestinal tissue. In recent years, an increasing group of researchers has been interested in nonionizing, near-infrared (NIR) approaches for detecting and imaging diseased tissues. The proposed techniques range from continuous wave [18, 19] to frequency-domain [20, 21] or time-depended measurements of scattered light [22, 23]. These techniques are based on the determination of optical properties of scattering media. The optical properties are represented by the absorption coefficient μa, the scattering coefficient μs and the anisotropy factor g. since the optical detecting and optical imaging are based on selective differences existing in optical properties of healthy and pathological tissues, it is particularly important to diagnostic purpose. For example, Laser-induced autofluorescence (LIAF) spectroscopy has been found to be a promising tool for early cancer diagnosis in gastrointestinal tract, including other organs [24, 25]. Consequently tissue optical properties of healthy and pathological human gastrointestinal tissue are important for medical applications in diagnosis and therapy . We focus in this paper on the optical properties of normal human stomach mucosa/submucosa tissue in the cardiac orifice at the visible and near-infrared wavelength range. The results were analyzed and compared from these experimental data we obtained.
The method to determine tissue optical properties, μa and μs', need sample the relative diffuse reflectance profile at known positions from the light entry point, and need calculate Δx and D, and need perform a nonlinear least-squares fit with the Levenberg-Marquardt method [29–31] on (1) to determine μeff, and then need solve for μa and μs' from the expressions. The method was detailedly shown in Ref..
Normal human stomach mucosa/submucosa tissues in the cardiac orifice were investigated in this study. Tissue samples were taken from 12 normal human stomachs in the cardiac orifice were determined from histological examination, immediately after excision the tissues. Each removed stomach sample was immediately rinsed briefly in saline to remove surface excess blood and peeled off surface fats, was placed in a bottle with saline as soon as possible, and was stored in a refrigerator at -70°C. From tissue samples a total of 12 normal stomach mucosa/submucosa tissue samples, with a mean thickness of (10.32 ± 0.26) mm, were used within at most 24 h after remove. The thickness of each sample was measured and recorded with a vernier caliper with 0.02 mm error. All tissue samples were respectively taken out from the refrigerator before measurement, were placed on experimental desk at the room temperature of 20°C for one hour, and then all thawing tissue samples were measured in turn using an oblique incident laser beam and CCD camera, respectively.
Diffuse reflectance measurements of tissue
Kinds, model of laser and power output of using light source on the experiment
635 nm wavelength of diode laser
nLIGHT, USA, model NL-FBA-2.0–635
P ≤ 5 mW
730 and 890 nm wavelengths of Ti:S ring laser
COHERENT, USA, model 899-05
P ≤ 5 mW
808 nm wavelength of diode laser
nLIGHT, USA, model NL-FCA-20–808
P ≤ 5 mW
980 nm wavelength of diode laser
nLIGHT, USA, model NL-FCA-30–980
P ≤ 5 mW
Optical parameters of biological tissue samples were expressed as the mean ± SD, were demonstrated by a Student t-test, and were considered significant at p values < 0.01. The SPSS10 was used for the statistical analysis.
The optical properties of a biological tissue depend on its biochemical composition and its cellular and subcellular structure. In the visible and near-infrared range, the absorption properties are related to the concentration of chromophores, such as oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin, fat and water . Such chromophores vary significantly with tissue metabolism . The scattering properties are related to the size distribution of cells and organelles, which are parameters used to differentiate normal from abnormal tissues in standard histopathology . Therefore optical measurements have a strong potential for the development of noninvasive in vivo medical diagnostic tools, often called "optical biopsy". Such techniques should significantly improve the efficiency of biopsies or help in determining the tumor margins in a surgical field. According to our experimental data, the absorption coefficients, the reduced scattering coefficients, the optical penetration depths, the diffusion coefficients, the diffuse reflectance and the shifts of diffuse reflectance for normal stomach mucosa/submucosa tissues in the cardiac orifice at 635, 730, 808, 890 and 980 nm were determined in vitro. In our study, it is interesting to note the optical properties measured and their differences for the tissue samples at five different laser wavelengths. We believe the optical properties should help to pathological diagnosis and medical treatment for malignant or premalignant gastrointestinal mucosa with ease by using optical methods.
Figure 2 and Figure 3 show the absorption coefficients and the reduced scattering coefficients of tissue samples at five different laser wavelengths, respectively. From Figure 2 and Figure 3, it can be seen that the absorption coefficients for tissue samples increase with the increase of laser wavelengths, except for the absorption coefficient at 730 nm, and the reduced scattering coefficients for tissue samples decrease with the increase of laser wavelengths. There were significant differences in the absorption coefficients at five different laser wavelengths (P < 0.01). The maximum and the minimum absorption coefficients are 0.265 mm-1 at 980 nm and 0.0332 mm-1 at 730 nm, respectively. The maximum and the minimum differences of the absorption coefficients are 698% between 730 and 980 nm and 1.61% between 635 and 808 nm, respectively. There also were significant differences in the reduced scattering coefficients at five different laser wavelengths (P < 0.01). The maximum and the minimum reduced scattering coefficients are 1.19 mm-1 at 635 nm and 0.521 mm-1 at 980 nm, respectively. The maximum and the minimum differences of the reduced scattering coefficients are 128% between 635 and 980 nm and 1.15% between 890 and 980 nm, respectively.
Figure 4 shows that the optical penetration depths for tissue samples vary with the increase of laser wavelengths. There were significant differences in the optical penetration depths at five different laser wavelengths (P < 0.01). The maximum and the minimum optical penetration depths are 3.57 mm at 808 nm and 1.43 mm at 980 nm, respectively. The maximum and the minimum differences of the optical penetration depths are 150% between 808 and 980 nm and 5.36% between 730 and 890 nm, respectively. From Figure 5, it can be seen that the diffusion coefficients for tissue samples vary with the increase of laser wavelengths. There also were significant differences in the diffusion coefficients at five different laser wavelengths (P < 0.01). The maximum and the minimum diffusion coefficients are 0.608 mm-1 at 890 nm and 0.278 mm-1 at 635 nm, respectively. The maximum and the minimum differences of the diffusion coefficients are 119% between 635 and 890 nm and 12.0% between 890 and 980 nm, respectively. Figure 6 shows that the diffuse reflectance for tissue samples decrease with the increase of laser wavelengths. There were significant differences in the diffuse reflectance at five different laser wavelengths (P < 0.01). The maximum and the minimum diffuse reflectance are 0.456 at 635 nm and 0.0732 at 980 nm, respectively. The maximum and the minimum differences of the diffuse reflectance are 523% between 635 and 980 nm and 7.29% between 635 and 730 nm, respectively. From Figure 7, it can be seen that the shift Δx of diffuse reflectance for tissue samples vary with the increase of laser wavelengths. There also were significant differences in the shift Δx of diffuse reflectance at five different laser wavelengths (P < 0.01). The maximum and the minimum shift Δx of diffuse reflectance are 1.11 mm at 890 nm and 0.507 mm at 635 nm, respectively. The maximum and the minimum differences of the shift Δx of diffuse reflectance are 119% between 635 and 890 nm and 11.7% between 890 and 980 nm, respectively.
There are significant differences in the optical properties of the tissue samples between different wavelengths of laser (P < 0.01). Bashkatov, et al. and Holmer et al. have reported the optical properties of gastric tissue by different optical measurement methods, our data that the wavelength dependence of the absorption coefficient, the reduced scattering coefficient and the optical penetration depth of human stomach wall mucosa are very similar to compare the data of Bashkatov, et al. and Holmer et al. with our data in the spectral range from 600 to 1000 nm.
In conclusion, the results reported here indicate that differences in the optical properties, namely, the absorption coefficients, the reduced scattering coefficients, the optical penetration depths, the diffusion coefficients, the diffuse reflectance and the shifts of diffuse reflectance for normal stomach mucosa/submucosa tissues in the cardiac orifice at 635, 730, 808, 890 and 980 nm are significant in vitro (P < 0.01), and the potential and promise of using an oblique incident laser beam to measure the optical properties of tissue for clinical studies. Tissues of various pathologies have differing optical tissue properties, and tissues of different places for normal human stomachs have differing optical tissue properties . The preliminary results presented can be used for the development of optical technologies and can be useful in earlier diagnosis, photodynamic and photothermal therapy in the gastrointestinal tract.
white light endoscopy
optical coherence tomography
the transport mean free path
the diffusion coefficient
The authors would like to acknowledge the National Natural Science Foundation of China (item number 30470494; 30627003), and the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (item number 7117865) for supporting this work.
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