Volumetric two-photon imaging in live cells and embryos via axially gradient excitation
Two-photon microscopy(TPM) that features subcellular resolution, intrinsic optical sectioning ability, and deep penetration in sample is a powerful tool of bioimaging. However, the process of layer-by-layer scanning to form a 3D image inherently limits the volumetric imaging speed and significantly increases the phototoxicity. Here we develop a gradient TPM technique that enables rapid volumetric imaging by only acquiring two 2D images. By sequentially exciting the specimen with two axially elongated two-photon beams with complementary gradient intensities, the axial positions of fluorophores can be decoded from the intensity ratio of the paired images. We achieve an axial localization accuracy of 0.728 ± 0.657 μm, which is sufficient for rapid 3D subcellular imaging. We demonstrate the flexibility of the gradient TPM on a variety of sparsely labelled samples, including bead phantoms, mouse brain tissues, live macrophages and live nematode embryos. The results show that, compared with conventional TPM, the 3D imaging speed increases 6 folds while the photobleaching and photodamage are extremely reduced.
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