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Reflective imaging improves resolution, speed, and collection efficiency in light sheet microscopy

By Yicong Wu, Abhishek Kumar, Corey Smith, Evan Ardiel, Panagiotis Chandris, Ryan Christensen, Ivan Rey-Suarez, Min Guo, Harshad D. Vishwasrao, Jiji Chen, Jianyong Tang, Arpita Upadhyaya, Patrick J. La Riviere, Hari Shroff

Posted 23 Jun 2017
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/154807 (published DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01250-8)

Light-sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) enables high-speed, high-resolution, gentle imaging of live biological specimens over extended periods. Here we describe a technique that improves the spatiotemporal resolution and collection efficiency of LSFM without modifying the underlying microscope. By imaging samples on reflective coverslips, we enable simultaneous collection of multiple views, obtaining 4 complementary views in 250 ms, half the period it would otherwise take to collect only two views in symmetric dual-view selective plane illumination microscopy (diSPIM). We also report a modified deconvolution algorithm that removes the associated epifluorescence contamination and fuses all views for resolution recovery. Furthermore, we enhance spatial resolution (to < 300 nm in all three dimensions) by applying our method to a new asymmetric diSPIM, permitting simultaneous acquisition of two high-resolution views otherwise difficult to obtain due to steric constraints at high numerical aperture (NA). We demonstrate the broad applicability of our method in a variety of samples of moderate (< 50 um) thickness, studying mitochondrial, membrane, Golgi, and microtubule dynamics in single cells and calcium activity in nematode embryos.

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