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Sensors 2017, 17(8), 1897; doi:10.3390/s17081897

Non-Destructive Analysis of the Internal Anatomical Structures of Mosquito Specimens Using Optical Coherence Tomography

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School of Electronics Engineering, College of IT Engineering, Kyungpook National University, 80 Daehak-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 41566, Korea
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School of Applied Biosciences, Kyungpook National University, 80 Daehak-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 41566, Korea
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School of Life Sciences, Kyungpook National University, 80 Daehak-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 41566, Korea
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Received: 25 July 2017 / Revised: 14 August 2017 / Accepted: 15 August 2017 / Published: 17 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Sensors for Bioimaging)
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The study of mosquitoes and analysis of their behavior are of crucial importance in the on-going efforts to control the alarming increase in mosquito-borne diseases. Furthermore, a non-destructive and real-time imaging technique to study the anatomical features of mosquito specimens can greatly aid the study of mosquitoes. In this study, we demonstrate the three-dimensional imaging capabilities of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for structural analysis of Anopheles sinensis mosquitoes. The anatomical features of An. sinensis head, thorax, and abdominal regions, along with the morphology of internal structures, such as foregut, midgut, and hindgut, were studied using OCT imaging. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional OCT images, used in conjunction with histological images, proved useful for anatomical analysis of mosquito specimens. By presenting this work as an initial study, we demonstrate the applicability of OCT for future mosquito-related entomological research, and also in identifying changes in mosquito anatomical structure. View Full-Text
Keywords: mosquito; optical coherence tomography; internal morphological analysis mosquito; optical coherence tomography; internal morphological analysis
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Ravichandran, N.K.; Wijesinghe, R.E.; Lee, S.-Y.; Choi, K.S.; Jeon, M.; Jung, H.-Y.; Kim, J. Non-Destructive Analysis of the Internal Anatomical Structures of Mosquito Specimens Using Optical Coherence Tomography. Sensors 2017, 17, 1897.

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