- Glow with the flow: Quantifying blood flow and photoluminescence signal in biological tissue
- Award date
- 1 April 2015
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA)
This thesis contributes to the development of optical techniques to assess microcirculation functionality for the diagnosis, monitoring, therapy guidance and understanding of many diseases ranging from the onset of septic shock to the delivery of drugs to tumours. The first part of this thesis aims to develop a non-invasive technique to quantify microcirculatory blood flow velocity based on laser speckle flowmetry. The key results are the experimental and theoretical investigation on the characteristic decorrelation time of speckle dynamics, and its relationship with flow velocity and optical properties of the scatterers, specifically multiple scattering in blood vessels and the scattering phase function of red blood cells. The second part is devoted to the quantification of optical signals arising from photoluminescent upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) for sensitive detection in biomedical tissues. The key results demonstrate that the UCNP optical properties enable the detection of small amounts of particles in UCNP-guided imaging applications, ranging from the detection of a single nanoparticle in biological liquid to modeling of a small UCNP-labeled tumour lesion embedded in biological tissue. The combination of these techniques is particularly useful in the context of tumour therapy by providing information on tumour angiogenesis, enabling molecular contrast and delivering nanoparticle-based drugs.
- Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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