Second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy has shown great promise for imaging live cells and tissues, with applications in basic science, medical research, and tissue engineering. Second Harmonic Generation Imaging offers a complete guide to this optical modality, from basic principles, instrumentation, methods, and image analysis to biomedical applications. The book features contributions by experts in second-harmonic imaging, including many pioneering researchers in the field. Written for researchers at all levels, it takes an in-depth look at the current state of the art and possibilities of SHG microscopy.
Organized into three sections, the book:
- Provides an introduction to the physics of the process, step-by-step instructions on how to build an SHG microscope, and comparisons with related imaging techniques
- Gives an overview of the capabilities of SHG microscopy for imaging tissues and cells—including cell membranes, muscle, collagen in tissues, and microtubules in live cells—by summarizing experimental and analytical methods
- Highlights representative biomedical and medical applications in imaging cancer, fibroses, autoimmune diseases, connective tissue disorders, eye pathologies, and cardiovascular disease
Historically, clinical imaging at the cellular and tissue level has been performed by pathologists on ex vivo biopsies removed by the surgeon. While histology remains the "gold standard" for pathologists, its interpretation remains highly subjective. Much of SHG research has focused on developing more quantitative, objective metrics. A tutorial for newcomers and an up-to-date review for experts, this book explores how SHG may be used to more precisely image a wide range of pathological conditions and diseases.
Principles of SHG Imaging: Theoretical Framework for SHG Microscopy: A Matrix-Based Approach. How to Build an SHG Apparatus. THG Microscopy of Cells and Tissues: Contrast Mechanisms and Applications. SHG Microscopy and Its Comparison with THG, CARS, and Multiphoton Excited Fluorescence Imaging. Biomedical Imaging Using SHG: Molecular Structure and Order with Second-Harmonic Generation Microscopy. 3D SHG Imaging and Analysis of Fibrillar Collagen Organization. Second-Harmonic Generation Imaging of Microtubules. SHG and Optical Clearing. Holographic SHG Imaging. Imaging Membrane Potential with SHG. Applications of SHG: Second-Harmonic Generation Imaging of Self-Assembled Collagen Gels. SHG and Multiphoton Fluorescence Imaging of the Eye. Multiphoton Excitation Imaging of the Arterial Vascular Bed. Combined SHG/THG Imaging. SHG Imaging of Collagen and Application to Fibrosis Quantization. Quantitative Approaches for Studying the Role of Collagen in Breast Cancer Invasion and Progression. SHG in Tumors: Scattering and Polarization. SHG Imaging for Tissue Engineering Applications. Index.