Abstract

Optical projection tomography (OPT) requires the depth of field (DOF) of the lens to cover at least half of the sample. There is a trade-off between obtaining high resolution with a high-NA lens and obtaining large DOF with a low-NA lens. The DOF of a high-NA objective lens can be extended by scanning its focal plane through the sample. We call this extended DOF image a “pseudoprojection.” Images reconstructed from these pseudoprojections have isometric resolution, which can be the same as the lateral resolution of the high-NA objective. The focal scanning method produces an over 10× improvement in OPT resolution.

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