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Modified protocol for in vivo imaging of wild-type mouse retina with customized miniature spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) device

Lee R Ferguson, Sankarathi Balaiya, Sandeep Grover and Kakarla V Chalam*

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Department of Ophthalmology, University of Florida College of Medicine, 580 W 8th Street, Tower 2, 3rd floor, Jacksonville, FL 32209, USA

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Biological Procedures Online 2012, 14:9  doi:10.1186/1480-9222-14-9

Published: 11 October 2012


This protocol outlines and evaluates a modified scanning procedure for a customized spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) imaging apparatus within the wild-type C57Bl/6 mouse posterior segment. This modified protocol allows for the capture of a 50 degree field of view spanning 3 mm by 3 mm perimeter with the optic disc as the central point. By utilizing this scanning protocol a more reliable measurement of retinal thickness can be achieved outside the fluctuating region of the optic disc. This protocol, when applied to this high resolution device, enables non-invasive in vivo histological imaging and biometric assessment of the various layers of the rodent posterior segment within a 20 – 30 min procedural time-frame. This protocol could establish a standardized method for evaluating morphological changes, with this commercial SDOCT device, when assessing longitudinal disease pathophysiology and treatment response in mouse models for future vision science research.

Spectral domain optical coherence tomography; Customized; Retinal imaging; Mouse