Development of the fluorescence micro-endoscope system for the functional deep brain imaging

Makoto Osanai

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To unravel the dynamics of the neuronal circuit, multicellular neuronal activities should be analyzed. Optical imaging from neuronal populations in vivo is feasible for analyzing the dynamics of the neuronal circuit. A multiphoton microscope can observe deeper brain regions, but cannot observe deeper than the cortical region. We designed and developed the fluorescent imaging system equipped with the micro-endoscope for deep brain imaging. This endoscope was consisted with a GRIN lens and an image fiber, and has a smaller diameter and a higher special resolution than traditional endoscopes. We have also developed the special optical system for the endoscope. The main component of the optical system has a size within 30 cm square. Using this optical system, the fluorescence images were captured from neurons expressing green fluorescent protein in a mouse brain preparation. Our portable imaging system would facilitate the in vivo imaging studies with less invasive manners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)SY-68-SY-69
JournalTransactions of Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug 17


  • Fluorescence imaging
  • GRIN lens
  • Image fiber
  • Imaging system
  • Neuron

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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