Biomechanical contrast within tissues can be assessed based on the resonant frequency probed by spectroscopic magnetomotive optical coherence elastography (MM-OCE). However, to date, in vivo MM-OCE imaging has not been achieved, mainly due to the constraints on imaging speed. Previously, spatially-resolved spectroscopic contrast was achieved in a “multiple-excitation, multiple-acquisition” manner, where seconds of coil cooling time set between consecutive imaging frames lead to total acquisition times of tens of minutes. Here, we demonstrate an improved data acquisition speed by providing a single chirped force excitation prior to magnetomotion imaging with a BM-scan configuration. In addition, elastogram reconstruction was accelerated by exploiting the parallel computing capability of a graphics processing unit (GPU). The accelerated MM-OCE platform achieved data acquisition in 2.9 s and post-processing in 0.6 s for a 2048-frame BM-mode stack. In addition, the elasticity sensing functionality was validated on tissue-mimicking phantoms with high spatial resolution. For the first time, to the best of our knowledge, MM-OCE images were acquired from the skin of a living mouse, demonstrating its feasibility for in vivo imaging.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics