In the clinical practice of pathology, trichrome stains are commonly used to highlight collagen and to help evaluate fibrosis. Such stains do delineate collagen deposits but are not molecularly specific and can suffer from staining inconsistencies. Moreover, performing histochemical stain evaluation requires the preparation of additional sections beyond the original hematoxylin- and eosin-stained slides, as well as additional staining steps, which together add cost, time, and workflow complications. We have developed a new microscopy approach, termed DUET (DUal-mode Emission and Transmission) that can be used to extract signals that would typically require special stains or advanced optical methods. Our preliminary analysis demonstrates the potential of using the resulting signals to generate virtual histochemical images that resemble trichrome-stained slides and can support clinical evaluation. We demonstrate advantages of this approach over images acquired from conventional trichrome-stained slides and compare them with images created using second harmonic generation microscopy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics