Multimodal, label-free histopathology for improving the diagnosis of Hirschsprung disease

Marcos A. Soares De Oliveira, Laura A. Galganski, Che Wei Chang, Christopher D. Pivetti, Karen E. Matsukuma, Bo Zhang, Alexandro Lopez, Payam Saadai, James W. Chan

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Hirschsprung disease (HD) is a congenital disorder in the distal intestine and is characterized by the absence of nerve ganglion cells (aganglionosis). HD affects newborns by causing severe constipation. Surgical management is needed and consists of the accurate identification and removal of the aganglionic segment and the reconstruction of the intestinal tract. The gold standard for the definitive diagnosis of the aganglionic segment is the histologic evaluation of rectal biopsies through stained sections. However, it is a time-consuming procedure, and recognized factors for inaccurate diagnoses have been commonly reported. In recent years there has been much interest in the use of optical techniques to improve diagnostics in health care. Here, for improving the identification of ganglion cells, we propose an ex-vivo study to evaluate a combination of label-free optical modalities: Second harmonic generation (SHG); two-photon autofluorescence; and Raman spectroscopy. SHG and autofluorescence images have been used to locate regions of interest in the tissue for Raman analysis, which acquires a molecular fingerprint of the ganglion cells, without needing any stains or labels. Multivariate statistical analyses of the Raman spectral data have been used for objective identification of the ganglion cells in the tissue samples with high accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLabel-Free Biomedical Imaging and Sensing (LBIS) 2020
EditorsNatan T. Shaked, Oliver Hayden
ISBN (Electronic)9781510632653
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
EventLabel-Free Biomedical Imaging and Sensing ,LBIS 2020 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 1 2020Feb 4 2020

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceLabel-Free Biomedical Imaging and Sensing ,LBIS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • ganglion cells
  • Hirschsprung disease
  • multimodal
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • second harmonic generation
  • two-photon autofluorescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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