Integrated instrument for dynamic light scattering and natural fluorescence measurements

L. Rovati, Luca Pollonini, R. R. Ansari

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Over the past two decades, great efforts have been made in ophtalmology to use optical techniques based on dynamic light scattering and tissue natural fluorescence for early (at molecular level) diagnosis of ocular pathologies. In our previous studies, the relationship between the corneal AF and DLS decay widths of ocular tissues were established by performing measurements on diabetes mellitus patients. In those studies, corneal AF mean intensities were significantly correlated with DLS decay width measurements for each diabetic retinopathy grade in the vitreous and in the cornea. This suggested that the quality of the diagnosis could be significantly improved by properly combining these two powerful techniques into a single instrument. Our approach is based on modifying a commercial scanning ocular fluorometer (Fluorotron Master, Ocumetrics Inc., CA, USA) to include both techniques in the same scanning unit. This configuration provides both DLS and AF real time measurements from the same ocular volume: they can be located in each section of the optical axis of the eye from the cornea to the retina. In this paper, the optical setup of the new system is described and preliminary in-vitro and in-vivo measurements are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-198
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Autofluorescence
  • Dynamic light scattering
  • Ophtalmic instrumentation

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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