Tracking-based rolling angles recovery method for holographic tomography of flowing cells

Daniele Pirone, Pasquale Memmolo, Francesco Merola, Lisa Miccio, Martina Mugnano, Amedeo Capozzoli, Claudio Curcio, Angelo Liseno, Pietro Ferraro

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Abstract

Holographic Tomography (HT) is an emerging label-free technique for microscopic bioimaging applications, that allows reconstructing the three-dimensional (3D) refractive index (RI) distribution of biological specimens. Recently, an inflow HT technique has been proposed in which multiple digital holograms are recorded at different viewing angles around the sample while it flows and rotates within a microfluidic channel. However, unlike conventional HT methods, there is no a priori information about cell 3D orientations, that are instead requested to perform any tomographic algorithm. Here we investigate a tracking-based rolling angles recovery method, showing robustness against the sample's features. It is based on a phase images similarity metric recently demonstrated, that exploits the local contrast phase measurements to recognize a full cell rotation within the microfluidic channel. Hence, the orientations of the flowing cells are retrieved from their positions, which are in turn computed through the 3D holographic tracking. The performances of the rolling angles recovery method have been assessed both numerically, by simulating a 3D cell phantom, and experimentally, by reconstructing the 3D RI tomograms of two cancer cells. Both the numerical and the experimental analysis have been performed at different spatial resolutions. This rolling angles recovery method, not depending on the cell shapes, the RI contents, and the optical experimental conditions, could pave the way to the study of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the challenging tool of liquid biopsy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Methods for Inspection, Characterization, and Imaging of Biomaterials V
EditorsPietro Ferraro, Simonetta Grilli, Monika Ritsch-Marte, Christoph K. Hitzenberger
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510644069
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventOptical Methods for Inspection, Characterization, and Imaging of Biomaterials V 2021 - Virtual, Online, Germany
Duration: Jun 21 2021Jun 25 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume11786
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceOptical Methods for Inspection, Characterization, and Imaging of Biomaterials V 2021
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/21/216/25/21

Keywords

  • 3D holographic tracking
  • Cell phantom
  • Digital holography
  • Holographic tomography
  • Phase image similarity metric
  • Rolling angles recovery
  • Tomographic flow cytometry
  • Tumor cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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