New Methods for Time-resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy Data Analysis Based on the Laguerre Expansion Technique Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Summary Objectives : A new deconvolution method for the analysis of time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TR-LIFS) data is introduced and applied for tissue diagnosis. Method : The intrinsic TR-LIFS decays are expanded on a Laguerre basis, and the computed Laguerre expansion coefficients (LEC) are used to characterize the sample fluorescence emission. The method was applied for the diagnosis of atherosclerotic vulnerable plaques. Results : At a first stage, using a rabbit atherosclerotic model, 73 TR-LIFS in-vivo measurements from the normal and atherosclerotic aorta segments of eight rabbits were taken. The Laguerre deconvolution technique was able to accurately deconvolve the TR-LIFS measurements. More interesting, the LEC reflected the changes in the arterial biochemical composition and provided discrimination of lesions rich in macrophages/foamcells with high sensitivity (> 85%) and specificity (> 95%). At a second stage, 348 TR-LIFS measurements were obtained from the explanted carotid arteries of 30 patients. Lesions with significant inflammatory cells (macrophages/foam-cells and lymphocytes) were detected with high sensitivity (> 80%) and specificity (> 90%), using LEC-based classifiers. Conclusion : This study has demonstrated the potential of using TR-LIFS information by means of LEC for in- vivo tissue diagnosis, and specifically for detecting inflammation in atherosclerotic lesions, a key marker of plaque vulnerability.


  • Marcu, L
  • Fang, Qiyin
  • Papaioannou, T
  • Qiao, J
  • Fishbein, M
  • Beseth, B
  • Dorafshar, A
  • Reil, T
  • Baker, D
  • Freischlag, J
  • Jo, J

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  • 2007