It is currently impossible to consistently predict kidney graft viability and function before and after transplantation. We explored optical spectroscopy to assess the degree of ischemic damage in kidney tissue. Tunable UV laser excitation was used to record autofluorescence images, at different spectral ranges, of injured and contralateral control rat kidneys to reveal the excitation conditions that offered optimal contrast. Autofluorescence and near-infrared cross-polarized light-scattering imaging were both used to monitor changes in intensity and spectral characteristics, as a function of exposure time to ischemic injury. These two modalities provided different temporal behaviors, arguably arising from two different mechanisms providing direct correlation of intrinsic optical signatures to ischemic injury time.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics